The pregnant secretary of Pope Francis has been found dead in her apartment in Rome.
Miriam Wuolou, 34, was seven months pregnant, and had worked at Pope Francis’ home and a priests’ guest house called Santa Marta for four years.
The body of Ms Wuolou, who is of Eritrean origin, was found on Friday by her brother who had gone to see her after failing to hear from her for several days.
Ms Wuolou had a serious kind of diabetes, and doctors had warned her that her pregnancy was at risk.
Police are investigating the possibility that neglect led to her death, and they have interviewed her family members, her ex-husband and her most recent boyfriend, who is thought to be a policeman in the Vatican, Il Messaggero reports.
There were showed no signs of violence in the initial external examination of he corpse.
‘Pope Francis had been informed of the death,’ said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.
‘We are all pained by this news.’