Suwannee inmate dies of apparent cardiac arrest

He was undergoing treatment for a severe asthma attack at the time; an autopsy was ordered.


Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

An inmate being held at the Suwannee County Jail died of apparent cardiac arrest early Tuesday while under treatment for a severe asthma attack, authorities said.

Isaac Gregory Jr., 41, of O'Brien, was being treated by the jail's physician, Dr. Andrew Bass, when he died, according to Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron. Cameron said the exact cause of Gregory's death likely will be determined by an autopsy.

"We don't know how long it will take to get those results - maybe a month, maybe six weeks," Cameron said.

Bass was called to the jail because Gregory was being given an asthma treatment by jail staff and complained that it was not working, according to Cameron.

Although a doctor was in attendance, state law requires that an autopsy be performed anytime a death occurs inside a detention facility. Gregory had been held at the jail since his Oct. 14 arrest by Live Oak police. He was awaiting trial on charges inclucing robbery and attempted theft.

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