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Inmate dies in Pittsburgh prison

| Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, 2:36 p.m.
SCI Pittsburgh
SCI Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of an inmate awaiting a transfer to Maryland at State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh on the North Side.

Prison guards found Michael Ware, 36, “unresponsive” in his cell Sunday afternoon during a security check of a housing unit, according to a news release from Mark Capozza, superintendent of the prison.

Emergency medical personnel tried to revive him, but he was prounced dead at 4:03 p.m., the release said.

State police said a parole agent in Greensburg reported Ware had tested positive for an illegal substance, triggering a parole violation.

Ware, of Connellsville, was waiting at SCI-Pittsburgh until he could be transferred to a facility in Maryland.

The Allegheny County Medical Exmainer's office ruled Ware's death a suicide.

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