updated 03:15 pm EST, Thu November 29, 2007
S. Korean death challenged
The death of a Korean man may not be attributable to his cellphone, as once thought, the Associated Press writes. The man was found dead Wednesday with a melted cellphone battery near his chest, but the country's National Institute of Scientific Investigation now says that fatal damage to the heart and lungs could not have been caused by the pressure of a cellphone explosion. The man had also been found with burn-like chest injuries, as well as a broken spine and ribs.
The Institute's statements are based on preliminary results from the autopsy, and it may take as long as 15 days or more before the final results are delivered. Nevertheless, the Institute's words may come as welcome news to LG, the makers of the dead man's phone. The company has insisted that it is virtually impossible for an exploding cellphone to kill a person.