Postmortem report shows Archbishop Lwanga died of Heart Attack

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Deceased: Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga; Courtesy Photo

The archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito, died of a heart attack, a postmortem report has ascertained.

Lwanga was found lifeless in bed at his residence in Lubaga on Saturday morning and was officially pronounced dead by his personal physician at around 9:08 am.

Dr Lwanga’s sudden death had raised questions with several people spinning conspiracy theories linking his demise to the mysterious death of other prominent clerics who have passed away in recent months.

Reading a jointly signed document, Dr Ssekitoleko informed mourners that the body of the archbishop had been subjected to a postmortem at Mulago National Referral hospital to ascertain what had caused his sudden death.

The archdiocesan health coordinator Dr Andrew Ssekitoleko announced the cause of the death of the fallen prelate during his first requiem mass led by Kasaana-Luweero Diocesan Bishop Paul Ssemwogere at Lubaga cathedral today afternoon.

He explained that the postmortem was conducted by a team of senior pathologists in presence of two family representatives and two physicians delegated by the church adding that at the end of the exercise, it was established that the archbishop had a heart attack due to a blood clot in the heart vessels. He referred to the cause as Ischemic Heart Disease following a Coronary Heart Thrombosis.

Dr Ssekitoleko added that the finding is consistent with the previous history of illness that the archbishop had. Several reports had earlier indicated that the fallen prelate has for a long been battling hypertension and diabetic conditions.

Meanwhile, the programme of the burial of the archbishop has also been amended. According to Msgr. Kasibante, the government asked to pay tribute to the deceased – a request which has been granted – thus causing a change in the programme.

According to the new programme, the body of the archbishop will on Tuesday lie in state at Kololo airfield with the President Yoweri Museveni as the chief mourner. This event will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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