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Philadelphia MOVE bombing survivor, Birdie Africa, dies

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One of two survivors of the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia has died.

The Brevard County, Fla., medical examiner's office says Michael Moses Ward died aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Investigator Craig Engelson says the 41-year-old Ward was found in a hot tub Friday and appears to have drowned.

Ward, formerly known as Birdie Africa, was a 13-year-old boy living with his mother at the compound of the militant group MOVE when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the roof, killing five children and six adults and incinerating 61 row homes.

Ward changed his name in 1986 and lived with his father, Andino Ward. He recovered from serious burns and served in the Army.

His father says Ward was extremely fit and the family is baffled by his death.

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