Radha Kanna nozi, the mother of the US women’s gymnast who died on September 10, has made headlines around the world, after she told the BBC she was “dying of sadness”.
The 24-year-old was the first to be named by police as the person killed by an alleged al-Qaida bomb blast in New York on September 13.
A few hours later, Kanna’s family and friends in New Jersey announced she was dead.
US authorities said they were investigating the possibility that she had been poisoned.
The New York City Police Department said the explosion occurred shortly after midnight at the US Consulate in Brooklyn.
It was not immediately clear if the blast was related to a previous bomb attack, or was linked to a new plot.
In a statement, the NYPD said: “At approximately 12:37 a.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious device on the third floor of the Consulate Building.
A crime scene has been established. “
No injuries were reported.
A crime scene has been established.
The investigation is ongoing.”
The statement did not say how long the blast took to detonate.
Kanna was an Olympian and an aspiring gymnast, who competed for the USA in the 2015 World Championships in Tokyo.
Her death has renewed the debate over the use of drones to kill terrorists.
The use of such weapons in the United States has been controversial, as it has been criticised for being too expensive, difficult to track and limited to specific locations.
It has also led to calls for a moratorium on their use.
“Radha Kannan’s death has prompted calls for more transparency around the use and misuse of drones,” said Sarah Kendzior, the director of government affairs at Amnesty International USA.
“We need to have more transparency about how these deadly weapons are being used in the name of fighting terrorism.”
US officials have said they are investigating the possible connection between Kanna and a previous plot.
Kannani, who also represented the United Kingdom in the 2016 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was also the first American to be killed by the US military.
She was an aspiring professional gymnast competing in the sport in the 1970s.
In 2014, she became the first woman to win the national title at the World Championships.
Her father, a former US Army sergeant, is believed to have been one of the original organizers of the contest, which he founded in 1965.
Her younger sister is also an Olympians.
A Facebook page belonging to Kanna posted that she was now in her 40s, and said she had “a good heart” and was “in heaven”.
Kanna made headlines earlier this year when her brother-in-law, Rafiq Khan, was charged with the murder of an American soldier.
The two men were arrested in a raid on their home in Georgia in September.
Khan was charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit murder, obstruction of justice, obstruction by threats of death or bodily harm and obstruction of interstate commerce.
US President Donald Trump has also spoken about the case and has vowed to seek out those responsible.
“I have been following the case of Kannans family, as well as the many Americans who have been killed by these terrorists.
It is time to put a stop to this senseless violence, and to bring those responsible to justice,” he said in a statement.
“The US government must now put an end to the senseless killing of innocent American citizens.
And I am asking the Department of Justice to immediately release those responsible.”
The BBC has contacted Kanna for comment.