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Death count in 9/11 attacks increases by 1

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 17, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.

— A man who died last year of lung disease has been added to the official list of victims of the 9/11 attacks.

New York City’s medical examiner ruled that 63-year-old Jerry Borg died from complications caused by a lung condition he got from inhaling dust during the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Borg suffered from pulmonary sarcoidosis, a disease in which inflamed cells can make someone’s lungs stiff and interfere with normal breathing.

The death brings the official count of World Trade Center attack victims to 2,753.

The ruling is a rarity. Thousands of people have blamed health problems on trade center dust, but Borg is only the third victim to be added to the medical examiner’s list of Sept. 11 victims. Borg’s death was reclassified as a homicide.

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