UK woman poisoned by same nerve agent as Russian spy dies, police say

The British woman who was recently exposed to the same nerve agent that almost killed a Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year has died, police said Sunday.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died Sunday after being exposed to Novichok — the agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal in March. 

Charlie Rowley, a 45-year-old man who was also exposed to the agent, remains in critical condition, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

“This is shocking and tragic news,” Neil Basu, of the UK’s counterterrorism agency, said. “Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time.”

Police said Sturgess was at a home in Amesbury on June 30 when she became sick around 10 a.m. and was hospitalized. Roughly five hours later, Rowley also became ill at the same house.

It was confirmed on Wednesday both Sturgess and Rowley were exposed to Novichok.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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