Japanese Astronomer Found Dead in Chile

1.00 MIN:SEC
Category: Society / May 08, 2012 3:39PM EDT

Chilean police were investigating the death of a Japanese astronomer in Santiago on Monday (May 7).

Koh-Ichiro Morita was found still alive outside his apartment at around 2 a.m Monday morning reportedly with an injury to the head.

He died nearly six hours later at a nearby hospital. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death.

Police questioned the 57-year-old astronomer's neighbors, but it was not clear if he was the victim of an attack or if the death was accident.

Local reports indicated Morita did not have visible injuries, though a medical report supposedly mentioned a brain injury.

Police reviewed security camera footage and said an autopsy would be done to establish the cause of death.

Morita worked the past two years at the Santiago headquarters for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile's northern Atacama Desert.