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Post-mortem shows Russian tycoon died from hanging

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, self-exiled in Britain, was facing huge bills after losing a bruising legal battle against another Russian tycoon.

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Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, self-exiled in Britain, was facing huge bills after losing a bruising legal battle against another Russian tycoon.

LONDON — A post-mortem examination on the exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky found the cause of death was "consistent with hanging" with no sign of a violent struggle, the police said Monday.

The body of Berezovsky, 67, once one of the most important power brokers in Russia, was found Saturday by one of his employees behind the locked door of a bathroom at Berezovsky's home outside London.

A statement from Thames Valley police issued Monday, after an autopsy, appeared to confirm earlier police comments that there was no evidence that a third party was involved in Berezovsky's death.

To some of his friends, suicide had always appeared the most likely cause of death because he was crushed over losing a bruising legal battle against another Russian tycoon, Roman Abramovich.

At the end of the case last year, the verdict left Berezovsky with huge legal bills and his reputation in shreds, apparently plunging him into an acute depression.

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