Man dies in fall at count's home

Aug. 27, 2006 at 12:17 AM
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LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- London police are investigating the death of a man who fell from the house of Count Gottfried von Bismarck, great-great-grandson of the German chancellor.

Investigators say the dead man, Anthony Casey, was one of five guests at the house for a late-night party early Thursday morning, The Independent reported. Another guest was detained for a few hours before being released on bail.

This is the second time Bismarck has been involved in a suspicious death. When he was a student at Oxford 20 years ago, Olivia Channon, daughter of a Conservative cabinet minister, died of a heroin overdose in his bed.

Bismarck left Oxford and was treated for alcoholism in Germany. He paid a fine for possession of amphetamine sulphate.

His ancestor, Prince Otto von Bismarck, known as "the Iron Chancellor," arranged the unification of Germany into a single state and served as chancellor from 1871 to 1890.

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