Death of John E. du Pont

1938 - December 9, 2010
Somerset, Pennsylvania

Imprisoned heir to chemical fortune dies
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JENNIFER C. YATES, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John du Pont, the chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate near Philadelphia, died Thursday after being found unresponsive in his prison cell. He was 72.

Du Pont was found just before 7 a.m. at the Laurel Highlands state prison near Somerset, state prisons spokeswoman Susan McNaughton said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Somerset Community Hospital....

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