Kenya launches investigation into Wanjiru's death

By the Associated Press | May 17, 2011 | 11:28 AM EDT

Triza Kamau, right, the wife of the Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru with a relative at their home in Nyahururu Kenya Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died Monday in a fall from a balcony after a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, police said. (AP Photo/Joseph Kuria)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Kenya says a legal investigation has been launched to determine what caused the death of Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru, who died after a fall from his bedroom balcony.

Police spokesman Charles Owino says the inquest will explore whether Wanjiru deliberately jumped, whether he was pushed or if he intended to commit suicide.

An inquest is a process of establishing the cause of death where it is uncertain or suspicious. Owino says a magistrate will review the evidence and rule on the cause of death.

Police in Wanjiru's home town of Nyahururu say the runner jumped from his balcony late Sunday after his wife found him with another woman.