The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the state forensic medical examination. No violent deaths were found. Patalano said police responded to a house call in Cranston, where Khrushchev lived, last Thursday morning after his wife’s call. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, the investigation is closed and no criminal charges are planned.
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. He and his wife Valentine became U.S. citizens in July 1999. “I feel like a newborn. This is the beginning of a new life, ”said Sergey Khrushchev after taking the oath of citizenship in the audience of the Roman Catholic school. In another interview, he said he hoped that his father, who died in 1971, would have approved his American citizenship.