A post-mortem examination conducted on the remains of human rights and LGBT activist, Zenita Nicholson, has confirmed that she ingested poison.
The 37-year-old woman who represented Guyana at a number of human rights events across the globe, passed away early Monday morning after she ingested carbon tablets that are usually used as rat poison.
She was taken to a private city hospital where doctors were unable to save her life. Before she died, she confirmed to a close friend and her ex boyfriend that she had swallowed the poisonous tablets.
Police investigators are treating the case as a suicide although there were initial suspicions because she had complained to some friends that she was being abused by her live-in boyfriend. The young man denied the allegations when questioned by police although the activist had sought to file a police report against him a few weeks ago.
News Source understands that the Police are currently going through a number of letters left behind by Nicholson for relatives and close friends. The suicide letters were found at her home.
Close friends and colleagues continue to mourn her death and express their deep shock over her decision to take her own life.
Nicholson was awarded a the US International Woman of Courage Award 2014 by the local embassy for her fight for LGBT rights. She was also very active in a number of human rights and other groups that fought against stigma, discrimination and abuse.
Her funeral is expected to take place on Saturday.