Leading bio-defense researcher Bruce Ivins died Tuesday from an overdose of prescription drugs after learning he would be charged for the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Bruce Ivins, one of America's top bio-defense researchers, apparently committed suicide at his Maryland home shortly after being informed of his impending prosecution for the series of anthrax-tainted letters that killed five people and terrorized the country in 2001, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Ivins, a leading military anthrax researcher who worked for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Md., had been told about the impending prosecution before reportedly overdosing on prescription drugs.
For now, investigators are remaining quiet, reports the Washington Post.
Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined comment early this morning. Debbie Weierman, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington Field Office, said, "we are not making any public statement at this time or any public comment regarding the anthrax investigation."
Investigators were tightlipped in part because the investigation is ongoing, and also because of their experience with another onetime suspect in the notorious case.