|Department of Corrections Announces First COVID-19-Related Inmate Death|
HARRISBURG, PA — On April 8, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix, Montgomery County, died at the Einstein Medical Center. On April 11, the Montgomery County coroner notified prison officials that the cause of death was determined to be acute respiratory distress from pneumonia due to COVID-19 with contributing factors of hypertensive cardiovascular disease and liver cirrhosis.
The inmate was a 67-year-old African American who was serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction out of Philadelphia County.
The inmate’s next-of-kin was contacted.
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