No Foul Play in Death of Chilean Poet Neruda, Researchers Say

According to an initial report handed to the investigating judge, Spanish researchers investigating the early '70s death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda to determine if he was poisoned, have found no conclusive evidence of foul play. The Chilean government reopened the investigation into his death in January, with new tests designed to look for protein damage caused by chemical agents, suggesting poisoning. The report, seen by Reuters on Thursday, said forensic experts at the Universidad de Murcia found three types of protein in the remains of Neruda, a Nobel laureate, two of which could be explained by advanced prostrate cancer.