March 19, 2007 4:35am CST
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died in hospital on Sunday soon after being found unconscious in his hotel room. Woolmer, 58, was a former England test batsman and coach of South Africa. A Pakistan team spokesman told reporters that Woolmer had died within an hour of being taken to hospital. He said team officials had informed Woolmer's family in South Africa. The cause of death was not immediately released. Pakistan lost in an upset to Ireland at the Cricket World Cup on Saturday, ending its chances of advancing in the tournament. Mass outrage at the loss in Pakistan overnight soon turned to mourning when team officials announced Woolmer’s death within an hour of being rushed to University Hospital in Jamaica. Jamaica police confirmed Woolmer was pronounced dead at 12:14 p.m. local time after being taken to hospital by ambulance."Woolmer was found in his hotel room by cleaning staff shortly before noon in an unconscious state," the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement. "He was attended to by medical personnel at the hotel who also accompanied him to the hospital.""A team of police and medical personnel is conducting preliminary investigations at both the hotel and hospital. A post mortem will be done at the earliest possible time."Woolmer is survived by his wife, Gill, and two sons.
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