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Wife charged with murder in death of UC medical school prof

By DAVID OWENS

Hartford Courant

BURLINGTON — State police have charged a Burlington woman with murder in the death of her 84-year-old husband, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington.

Linda L. Kosuda-Bigazzi, 70, was charged Friday with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Bristol. She was held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

The warrant for her arrest was sealed, police said.

Burlington and state police were called to 70 Smith Lane in Burlington to check on the well-being of Pierluigi Bigazzi last Monday and found him dead. Western District Major Crime Squad detectives took over the investigation the next day, state police said.

The medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt injuries of the head and classified the doctor’s death as a homicide.

Bigazzi was a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UConn medical school, which is part of UConn Health in Farmington, according to the school’s directory.

Kosuda-Bigazzi is also an accomplished medical researcher and has published several papers on immunology, some with Bigazzi.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our longtime faculty member Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UConn School of Medicine,” UConn Health said in a statement. “After being unable to reach Bigazzi, concerned departmental leadership contacted UConn Police who visited his home. UConn Police immediately contacted the local police department who is investigating the death in collaboration with the State Police.”

The university said Bigazzi was a faculty member at the medical school for more than 40 years. He was trained as an internist and specialized in immunology research. He also taught pathology and oncology. Most recently, the university said, he was preparing online educational material to supplement text books.

State police ask that anyone who had direct contact with Pierluigi Bigazzi between July 2017 and this month, or any contractors who performed work at 70 Smith Lane, to call Det. Mike Fitzsimons of the Western District Major Crime Squad at 860-626-7922.

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