Germany: Mystery over Japanese chef's island death

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 8:01 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany are investigating the death of a Japanese chef following a fight with two customers who had complained about his food.

Prosecutors say Miki Nozawa died Monday following a brawl with the two men at a nightclub near his restaurant on the North Sea resort island of Sylt.

German tabloid newspaper Bild reported the men had refused to pay for a dish of fried rice with vegetables and beef.

The paper described Nozawa as a "star chef" who previously worked in Berlin and Sardinia.

Prosecutors' spokesman Ruediger Meienburg said Friday that an autopsy determined the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage but further tests were needed to determine if the bleeding was due to the fight.

In the meantime, no formal charges have been filed.

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