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Inmate found dead in Tulare County jail

Authorities are investigating an inmate death at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

Correctional officers found a 71-year-old man dead in his cell Friday, the Fresno Bee reported.

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Medical staff began first aid after the man was found about 12:40 p.m., but he was pronounced dead, said Tulare County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ashley Ritchie.

The man did have a cell mate, Ritchie said.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

The man's name is not being released pending notification of family.

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