Nobel Prize-winning professor's wife found dead at landfill

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

A Nobel Prize-winning Purdue professor is in the hospital and his wife is dead, less than a day after family reported them missing.

The police said the 82-year-old Eiichi was found in the area on Tuesday and that Sumire, 80, was found dead by their auto.

The couple had been driving to a nearby airport and became disoriented, and Ei-Ichi Negishi crashed their vehicle into a ditch, according to WTHR television.

The couple was reported missing to the Indiana State Police about 8pm on Monday (local time). His wife, Sumire Negishi, was also missing.

Police would not confirm details about the incident, but did not suspect foul play. Consulate officials say they have not been contacted by Negishi's family. Eiichi was reportedly dehydrated and confused when he was transported to a hospital for treatment.

He, along with two other scientists, won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2010 for developing a method for creating complex chemicals.

Purdue spokesperson Brian Zink says the news came as a suprise and shock.

"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."

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