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WYNETTE BODY IS EXHUMED; Husband in death probe.

THE body of country music legend Tammy Wynette has been exhumed - more than a year after she died.

Her husband, George Richey, agreed to the move after three of the singer's daughters accused him of playing a part in her death.

He said he had asked for an autopsy to be carried out "to clarify for everyone how Tammy died, so we can all move on".

However, he criticised the women for violating their mother's privacy.

The star was found dead at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, by Richey - her fifth husband - last April.

But her daughters don't believe the official explanation that it was a blood clot on the lung which killed her.

Tammy had been taking prescription drugs and they want to know if that had anything to do with her death.

Nashville medical authorities did not investigate at the time because her doctor, Wallis Marsh, flew in from Pennsylvania to sign the death certificate.

However, forensic experts say an autopsy is the only way to tell for sure if someone died from a blood clot.

Now Richey has given the go-ahead for one and the results are expected to be revealed in four to six weeks.

Nashville medical examiner Bruce Levy says he will be able to determine what drugs were in Tammy's system at the time of her death - but he's not sure he can quantify the amount of each drug.

Tammy, who had huge hits with D-I-V-O-R-C-E and Stand By Your Man, was 55 when she died.

Her daughters - Tina Jones, Georgette Smith and Jackie Daly - claim she could have lived longer with better care.

They say drugs prescribed by Marsh and administered by Richey could have played a part in her death.

And they accuse Richey of failing to get medical help for their mother after being urged to do so by Marsh.

Tammy's daughters are suing the two men for pounds 30million in a wrongful death lawsuit in Nashville.
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Author:McLEAN, GRACE
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 16, 1999
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