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A postmortem on the body of a senior official at the U.S. embassy in Nairobi who was found hanging in his hotel room after an apparent suicide is set for today. It will determine how he died.

Police and witnesses said the body of the official aged 58 was found in his room hours after he had failed to report to work Wednesday morning.

The man who was said to be the second in command in security at the embassy was alone in his room at the hotel near the Village Market when the incident happened.

Witnesses said he used his belt to commit suicide.

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The deceased was supposed to relieve a colleague at the embassy but failed show up.

Calls to his mobile phone were not being responded to forcing the embassy staff to go check on him.

It was then that they realized his body was hanging. This was after the officials broke into the hotel room.

A suicide note was apparently found next to the bed. It will be subjected to examination to establish if he was the author.

A U.S. Embassy Nairobi spokesperson said the next kin had not been informed and asked that his identity be hidden.

-The Star/ Cyrus Ombati

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