KINGSTON, N.Y., AUG. 31 -- The American hostage who died this week in Iraq was banker James L. Worthington Jr., his family has disclosed.

Worthington, 53, a native of Marathon, Tex., died Monday, his daughter told the Daily Freeman newspaper here Thursday.

"He was taken hostage in Kuwait and moved to Basra where he died of a heart attack," said Maggie Jean Neilson, 27, of Woodstock, N.Y.

{In Washington today, State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said an autopsy was performed on Worthington "with a physician of our choice in attendance. The results showed that he did die of a heart attack."

{Tutwiler said that "in no way diminishes the inhumane treatment which may have contributed" to Worthington's death.}

Worthington had been working as a consultant for the Alahi Bank of Kuwait and lived in a hotel in Kuwait City, family members said. They said the State Department notified his wife, Katharine, of his death.

When not overseas, Worthington lived with his wife, two children and mother-in-law in Woodstock, about 90 miles north of New York City.

Before moving to Kuwait, Worthington worked for 28 years in various foreign branches of Citibank. He was stationed, with his family, in Colombia, Brazil, Liberia, Indonesia, Singapore and India. He worked at the bank's main branch in New York City just before his tenure in Kuwait, Neilson said.