Roxanna Brown passed away in prison

Sad news. Southeast Asian Ceramics museum director Roxanna Brown passed away in prison after an apparent heart attack. She was being indicted for wire fraud on an ongoing investigation into smuggled antiquities from Ban Chiang turning up in Californian museums.

Indicted museum director found dead at WA federal prison
The Seattle Times, 14 May 2008

A Thailand museum director who was indicted as part of a federal investigation into looted antiquities died Wednesday at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, apparently following a heart attack.

Roxanna Brown, a 62-year-old U.S. citizen, passed away sometime around 2:30 Wednesday morning. Prison spokeswoman Maggie Ogden said an autopsy was planned.

Brown’s brother, Fred Leo Brown of Chicago, said his sister maintained her innocence. He said that although a cause of death had not been determined, he had been told it was apparently a heart attack, which he suggested was the result of stress from the arrest.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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