Accused Museum Director Died Of “Natural Causes”
SEATAC – Autopsy results indicate that the imprisoned director of a Thai museum in Bangkok died of natural causes at the SeaTac Detention Center (first reported here).
According to a spokeswoman for the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Roxanna Brown passed away from “peritonitis,” an infection caused by a perforated gastric ulcer.
The 62-year-old Brown, a U.S. citizen, died around 2:30am Wednesday while being held for further investigation.
Brown was the director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at Bangkok University in Thailand. Investigators accused her of allowing collectors to overstate the value of art donated to several Southern California museums and claim tax deductions.
Authorities arrested Brown last week while she was in Seattle visiting relatives. She was charged with one count of wire fraud.
Maggie Ogden, a spokeswoman for the Federal Detention Center, said Brown was booked May 9.
She said all inmates coming into the facility are screened by medical staff, but she declined to speak specifically about Brown’s case.
Brown’s death is under investigation, she said.