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REPORT SAYS USU CURATOR DIED FROM CYANIDE POISONING

A report from the state medical examiner's office shows Utah State University historian A.J. Simmonds died of cyanide poisoning.

Simmonds, 56, died June 18 several minutes after ingesting potassium cyanide, according to the report. He was the curator of USU's Archives and Special Collections.Investigators said a small plastic bottle of the powdery substance was found inside his house, next to where a cap had been removed from a gas line.

Cache County sheriff's Lt. Lynn Nelson said Simmonds likely removed the cap, causing the house to fill with gas and explode.

Nelson said it is not certain what caused the gas to ignite.

"There's a lot of things we'll never know," he said.