Former Dutch health minister found dead

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch police say Els Borst, a former Dutch health minister who played a prominent role in the country's 2001 legalization of euthanasia, has been found dead in her garage.

She was 81 and appeared at a function of her D66 political party as recently as Friday. When coroners could not immediately confirm a natural cause of death, police cordoned off the area.

Utrecht police spokesman Thomas Aling told state broadcaster NOS Tuesday that police haven't ruled out a natural cause of death, an accident, or a crime, but added they had no reason to suspect a crime.

Borst was a medical academic who served as health minister from 1994-2002. She also drafted the legislation which permits the use of tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research.

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