A Cambridge University cleric under investigation for sex offences died at home after apparently being asphyxiated, police sources said.
The Reverend Ian Thompson, Dean of Chapel at King's College, was pronounced dead at his house in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire.
The clergyman, born in Glasgow, was being investigated for crimes in the Strathclyde area of Scotland.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde police said: "We can confirm a report was sent to Procurator Fiscal on 3 December 2007 in connection with alleged historical indecencies regarding Revd Ian Thompson."
Sources close to the inquiry said the alleged offences were of a sexual nature. They said Mr Thompson was thought to have died of a cardiac arrest brought on by asphyxiation. His wife Ann told the Cambridge News: "He was a wonderful man who was well-loved by people of all walks of life."
An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they were called to the home in Great Shelford to reports of a cardiac arrest. "Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man," said the spokeswoman. "He was pronounced dead at the scene." Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a file had been passed to the coroner.
A university spokesman said: "He died on September 24 and there is no comment at this time."
The clergyman gave readings at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast on television around the world from King's College Chapel on Christmas Eve, since taking up the post in 2005. A tribute was paid to Rev Thompson on behalf of the members of Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs, where he was the senior treasurer.
A spokesman said: "Our sympathies are with his wife, Ann, and those close to him. In due course we will pass on details of funeral arrangements and have been asked to say that this will be a small and family event."