CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Sergei Khrushchev, the son of late Cold War-era Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, has died at his Rhode Island home, authorities said. He was 84.
The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office.
Cranston police Maj. Todd Patalano told The Providence Journal there were no signs of foul play.
Police responded to Khrushchev’s Cranston home last Thursday morning after getting a call from his wife, Patalano said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The younger Khrushchev was a rocket scientist in the Soviet Union and moved to Rhode Island in 1991 to lecture on the Cold War at Brown University.