Disabled begger dies, almost £1 million found in her bank account after death

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People in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have been shocked to find that a disabled begger who recently died had almost a million pounds in the bank.

Fatima Othman, who lost her hands and feet during the Lebanese Civil War, died of a heart attack. She became a minor celebrity after a photo of a kindhearted Lebanese soldier providing her with a drink and food was posted online. People took pity on her and donated.

After her death, police turned up to investigate and were shocked to uncover two bags containing 5 million LBP (£2,457) in cash. But they were even more surprised when they found a deposit book for a local bank. When they looked inside, they realised the account contained a further 1.7 billion LBP (£835,000 ) in savings.

Police spokesman Joseph Musallem said that the discovery of the cash and the savings book “was a big surprise”.

Locals who knew the woman, many of whom donated her money and food, said they were also surprised about the amount of cash that she had.

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