Sunanda Tharoor found dead in Delhi hotel room after Twitter row

NEW DELHI Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:08am IST

Sunanda Puskhar Tharoor (R), wife of Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, poses with her husband at the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Sunanda Puskhar Tharoor (R), wife of Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, poses with her husband at the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 27, 2013.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sunanda Tharoor, wife of Congress minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a New Delhi hotel room on Friday, police said, days after she was involved in a row with a Pakistani woman journalist over Twitter.

It was not immediately clear how Sunanda, had died, Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

"She was lying in bed. There were no signs of any foul play or any struggle. She had no sign of poisoning or anything," the minister's personal assistant Abhinav Kumar told reporters gathered outside the hotel.

The death came after Sunanda, 52, was embroiled in a spat with a Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband in a series of Twitter posts.

Tarar denied she was having an affair with the junior minister for human resource development and hit back at Sunanda for making what she said were wild allegations.

On Thursday, the couple issued a statement saying they were distressed by the controversy caused by unauthorised use of their Twitter accounts. They said they were happily married and intended to stay that way.

Tharoor, a former U.N. diplomat, married Sunanda in 2010. The same year he had to resign from his first ministerial job over allegations of wrongdoing in bidding for a cricket team in the Indian Premier League.

(Reporting by Vipin Das M and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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