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BUCKEYE (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Buckeye has died from an apparent suicide, Arizona Department of Corrections officials said Tuesday.

They said 44-year-old Jason Dean died after prison staff discovered him unresponsive in his cell at the Lewis complex on Jan. 6.

Corrections officials said Dean hanged himself.

Responding paramedics transported Dean to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dean was sentenced out of Pima County for first-degree murder in 2005.

Corrections officials said all inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.

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