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Inmate dies at Keys jail

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jul 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-23 19:23:00-04

  KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - An inmate died of apparent natural causes at a Florida Keys jail.


      The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports that the 67-year-old man was having difficulty breathing Tuesday morning at the Stock Island detention center. A corrections deputy called for a medical unit, and the man stopped breathing. Paramedics transported the man to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.


      Jail officials say the man had been arrested last week on drug-related charges. He had a number of medical issues and was being routinely checked by nurses at the jail.


      The death remains under investigation, but detectives say there were no signs of trauma. Surveillance video confirmed the deputy's report.


      An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.


      Officials weren't immediately releasing the man's name.