Scientist Awarded Nobel Prize on Monday Found to Have Died Friday

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 4:58 PM EDT

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Scientist Awarded Nobel Prize on Monday Found to Have Died Friday

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 4:58 PM EDT

A New York scientist who was awarded a 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday was found to have died last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Ralph Steinman, 68, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday, according to the report. He will remain a winner the Nobel Foundation announced later on Monday.

"The events that have occurred are unique and, to the best of our knowledge, are unprecedented in the history of the Nobel Prize," the Nobel Foundation said in news release. "In light of this, the Board of the Nobel Foundation has held a meeting this afternoon. According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, work produced by a person since deceased shall not be given an award. However, the statutes specify that if a person has been awarded a prize and has died before receiving it, the prize may be presented."

Read the Los Angeles Times story HERE.

 

Read the Nobel Foundation release HERE.