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Philadelphia Bombing Victim Dies Onboard Cruise Ship

September 25, 2013
Update, June 12, 2014, 11:50 a.m. EDT: Autopsy results have revealed that the drowning death of Michael Moses Ward, formerly known as Birdie Africa, was due to extreme intoxication.


(3:24 p.m. EDT) --Michael Moses Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, died late last week onboard Carnival Dream.

Ward, 41, was found unconscious in a hot tub Friday morning. The ship's medical staff responded and administered emergency aid but he died on site, a Carnival spokesman told Cruise Critic. "Carnival's CARE Team is providing assistance and support to the guest's family," he added.

Ward was on the seven-night Caribbean cruise with a group of family members celebrating three anniversaries.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the medical examiner's office has said the death appears to be an accidental drowning. Toxicology results are expected in about six weeks.

Once known as Birdie Africa, Ward was the only child to survive a police bombing of the radical group MOVE's headquarters in 1985. The explosion and subsequent fire left 61 homes destroyed and 11 people dead.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor



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