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Japanese Nobel Winner Hospitalized In US, Wife Found Dead

Japanese Nobel Winner Hospitalized In US, Wife Found Dead

Police discovered Ei-ichi Negishi walking in the area, and his wife was found dead near their vehicle.

A Japanese Nobel-winning chemist has been found wandering in rural IL and his wife found dead nearby, some nine hours after they had been reported missing from their home 320km away.

Investigators say the couple and their vehicle were reported missing to the Indiana State Police at 8 p.m. on Monday.

The police said the 82-year-old Eiichi was found in the area on Tuesday and that Sumire, 80, was found dead by their vehicle. The release says the husband is hospitalized.

Mrs. Sumire Negishi at the Nobel banquet on December 10, 2010.

Police would not confirm details about the incident, but did not suspect foul play. Local authorities in IL are now leading the investigation. Several members of Purdue's chemistry department declined comment. Ei-ichi Negishi was receiving treatment at a hospital, police said.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sumire Negishi and offer our sincerest sympathies to the Negishi family from the entire Boilermaker family."
The Japanese scientist won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010 for a palladium-catalyzed cross coupling technique to link carbon atoms.