Authorities are investigating the death of a state prisoner found in his cell Friday afternoon.
The inmate, who has not been identified pending next of kin notification, was found unresponsive in a single cell at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville Friday afternoon, said Sommer Sharpe, spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Corrections.
The corrections department has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate the incident, Sharpe said. The county coroner has also been notified, she said.
No additional information was immediately available.
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Lieber is a maximum security facility in Dorchester County that houses more than 1,200 inmates. It’s also where the agency holds its death row inmates, though executions are carried out at the Broad River Capital Punishment Facility in Columbia.