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The Egyptian authorities on Sunday denied reports of alleged organ theft after the body of a British tourist who died suddenly while on vacation was sent home missing some organs, AFP reported.

David Humphries died in the resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast on September 18.

The 62-year-old’s body was returned to Britain where a second post-mortem ordered by a coroner found that his heart and some other organs had been removed, a UK media outlet reported.

Accusing the UK media of publishing “flawed reports,” the Egyptian state information service said allegations of “organ theft are unfounded.”

The statement said samples were taken and the heart, parts of the liver, kidneys and other organs had been removed in order to determine the cause of death. It did not explain why they had not been replaced.

The service said Humphries had probably died of a heart attack, citing the medical report. It also quoted his daughter Anita Goodall as saying that she did “not accuse anyone of having a hand in the death of her father.”