Khan’s wife, Shabana Ansari, said she also believed that police had seized food from the family home during a search after toxicological tests showed her husband had died from lethal levels of cyanide.
Shabana Ansari said she is having a hard time believing that anyone would poison her husband.
“He was such a nice person,” she said. “No one would dare kill him.”
Fareedun Ansari, who identified himself as both Khan’s uncle and father-in-law, said he was present when Khan scratched off the million-dollar winning ticket last summer, weeks before his death. He said he was thrilled for him to win.
“He told me: ‘Uncle, I win everything. Now I don’t have any more dues (debts),’” Fareedun Ansari said. “I was happy. I was happy.”
Asked about the death of his son-in-law, Fareedun Ansari said, “I’m terribly sad, terribly sad.”
Shabana Ansari made a reference to a probate court fight over the lottery winnings when she was asked if the million dollars led to fighting in the family.
“Not exactly a fight,” she said.
When a reporter pointed out that Khan’s brother, in court papers, had voiced concern that Khan’s teenage daughter from a previous marriage share in the lottery winnings, Shabana Ansari said she fully intended to be sure her stepdaughter was not left out of the inheritance.
“How would I do such an injustice?” said Ansari, who was married to Khan for 12 years. “I was taking care of her all these years.”