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British journalist found dead at Istanbul airport

Cause of death of 50-year-old former BBC journa­list Jacky Sutton remain­s unknow­n



Former BBC journalist Jacky Sutton was reportedly found dead in a toilet at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. The cause of death remains unclear, according to the BBC.

Reports stated that Sutton, 50, was believed to be the acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and was on her way to Irbil, Iraq.

The UK Foreign Office said it was “providing consular assistance to the family at this time”.

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‘Brilliant PhD student’

According to a BBC correspondent, Ben Ando, Sutton had a two-hour wait for a connecting flight from the Ataturk Airport, which she seemingly missed.

“Local media are reporting that she didn’t have enough money to purchase a replacement ticket and then she was found dead in the toilets a couple of hours later,” he said.

However, Ando added, “What exactly happened though is not known.”

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Sutton was enrolled in a PhD program at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University and her research was focused on international development support to female media professionals in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2013.

Centre director Professor Amin Saikal said they were “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic death of one of its brilliant PhD students”.

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He further added, “She was not only an outstanding research scholar, but a highly valued friend and colleague who made remarkable contributions to the work and activities of the centre.”

This article originally appeared on BBC

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