Austrian police: Ex-Libyan oil minister drowned

FILE - Libyan former oil chief Shukri Ghanem talks with reporters in Rome, in this Wednesday, June 1, 2011 file photo. Austrian police say Ghanem was found dead Sunday April 29 2012 in Vienna's Danube river. Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said his corpse was found   floating in the river and showed no external signs of violence. He says the cause of death was not immediately clear and officials will carry out an autopsy in the coming days. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
FILE - Libyan former oil chief Shukri Ghanem talks with reporters in Rome, in this Wednesday, June 1, 2011 file photo. Austrian police say Ghanem was found dead Sunday April 29 2012 in Vienna's Danube river. Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said his corpse was found floating in the river and showed no external signs of violence. He says the cause of death was not immediately clear and officials will carry out an autopsy in the coming days. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

VIENNA (AP) — Former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem, whose body was found floating Sunday in the Danube river, died from drowning, Austrian police said.

Autopsy results on Ghanem's corpse showed no signs of violence, police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said Monday. The body was found in a section of the Danube that runs through Vienna close to where he had a residence.

Ghanem last year announced he was abandoning Gadhafi's regime to support the rebels who ultimately toppled the dictator. He was a former Libyan premier who last served as his country's oil minister until his 2011 defection.

He left Libya for Tunisia and then Europe in June as insurgents were pushing to topple Gadhafi. In Vienna, he worked as a consultant for an Austrian company.

Considered a member of Gadhafi's inner circle until his defection, he insisted that Libya bore no responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

Hahslinger suggested the death may have been an accident and that Ghanem, 69, had complained to his daughter late Saturday that he was not feeling well. No suicide note has been found and there is no evidence Ghanem was under threat, Hahslinger said.

The results of toxicological tests are expected later this week.