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Allegheny County inmate who died identified as 59-year-old man

Joe Napsha
| Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
The Allegheny County Jail in Downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, February 25, 2013.
The Allegheny County Jail in Downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, February 25, 2013. Tribune-Review

Heart disease killed an Allegheny County Jail inmate who died Saturday after he was taken to the hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Frank Burkert, 59, was pronounced dead shortly after noon at UPMC Mercy, authorities said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — heart disease — and the manner of death as natural.

Jail Warden Orlando Harper said in a statement that medical and correctional officers administered first aid to the inmate when they were alerted at 10:50 a.m. that a male inmate was experiencing “breathing distress.”

Paramedics from Pittsburgh EMS transferred him to UPMC Mercy, the warden said.

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