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Georgi Markov was born on 1 March 1929, in Knyazhevo, a Sofia neighbourhood. In 1946 he graduated from the Gymnasium (high school) and began university studies in industrial chemistry. Initially Markov worked as a chemical engineer and a teacher in a technical school. At the age of 19 years old he became ill with tuberculosis which forced him to attend various hospitals. In 1975 Markov married Annabel Dilke as a Bulgarian dissident in the UK. Their daughter Alexandra-Raina was born a year later.
On September 7 1978 Markov was deadly poisoned and 4 days later died in a hospital. The event is recalled as the "Umbrella Murder" with the assassin claimed to be Francesco Gullino, codenamed "Piccadilly". The cause of death was poisoning from a ricin-filled pellet. His grave is in a small churchyard at the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset.
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