Marco Pantani case closed: 'Suicide not murder'

Investigation in Italy concludes that Marco Pantani lost his life due to suicide, and not murder

Marco Pantani

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Italian Marco Pantani died as a result of suicide and not murder, according to an inquiry that closed on Friday in Italy. Prosecutors in Rimini could not find evidence to support a new murder theory after one year of work.

The winner of the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France died on February 14, 2004, in a Rimini hotel. The original police work showed that he overdosed on cocaine.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.