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Swedish professor stabbed to death with stiletto heel

Published tisdag 11 juni 2013 kl 09.45

A 59-year-old Swedish researcher was found dead in his home in Houston, Texas on Sunday morning, reportedly stabbed to death with a stiletto high heel wielded by his girlfriend, according to the Houston Chronicle. His girlfriend, age 44, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man was a citizen of both Sweden and the United States. He became an American citizen some time during the 1990´s, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sara Brandt-Hansen.

The man spent the last three and a half years as a top researcher in women's health issues at the University of Houston. The Swedish-born professor had been studying hormones in women's reproductive health since December 2009 at the University's Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling.

"He was a talented biochemist and a good friend. He shall be sorely missed," Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, the center's director, said in a statement.

Houston police discovered the death early Sunday morning when they were called to investigate reports of an assault in progress inside the victim's luxury condominium. The professor was found dead from multiple stab wounds to the head. The girlfriend admitted the killing but said it was in self-defense.

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