Bulgarian Police Rule Out Foul Play in Businessman's DeathCrime | March 30, 2011, Wednesday // 16:24| views
Businessman Mihail Mihov, aka Misho the Beer, was founded dead in the RIU Pravets Resort Hotel in the town of Pravets north of Sofia. Photo by BGNES
The initial statement of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry on the death of controversial businessman Mihail Mihov (aka "Misho the Beer") has ruled out foul play.
The head of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation, controversial businessman Mihail Mihov, (aka Misho Birata), was found dead in a hotel room on March 30, 2011, in Pravets.
47-year-old Mihail Mikov is the owner of the three Bulgarian breweries, (hence his nickname "Misho Birata" - i.e. "Misho the Beer"). He had been the President of the Bulgarian Baskeball Federation since 2008.
Shortly after Mihov's body was found, the Bulgarian Basketball Federation confirmed in a statement that its President had died of a heart attack; meanwhile, Bulgarian media were quick to described Mihov's death as mysterious.
"There are no indications of foul play on the body of the deceased 47-year-old man," the Interior Ministry press center said in a statement Wednesday afternoon without even mentioning the identity of Mihail Mihov.
The police explained that the discovery of the dead body was reported at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday. The conclusion of the forensic specialists is that the man died of a massive heart attack, and foul play is ruled out. An autopsy is yet to be carried out.
Mihov's body was found in the RIU Pravets Resort Hotel, in the town of Pravets, northeast of Sofia, which, according to unofficial information is owned by tycoon Valentin Zlatev, the CEO of Lukoil Bulgaria.
In mid January 2010, he became notoriously known through his involvement in the "Tapegate" scandal that shook Bulgaria's Borisov Cabinet after a compromising transcript of a tapped telephone conversation between him and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was leaked to the public by the Galeria weekly.
Mihov, born in the northeast city of Silistra on February 23, 1964, is a graduate of the Varna Economics University. He is the owner of the Bulbrew company, which has three breweries in Bulgaria – MM Beer in Varna and Ruse, and Ledenika in the town of Mezdra, to the north of Sofia.
He is also the owner of MM Holding, which includes MM Electronics – a retailer of electric appliances, the Dimyat winery – producing wine and Bulgarian brandy "rakia", and the Dunav Plaza Hotel in Ruse. He is also the manager of the Varna-based basketball team "MM Beer Cherno More".
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