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Richmond jail officials believe 26-year-old inmate died of heart attack

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 18:53:07-05

RICHMOND, Va. --  Richmond Sheriff's Office officials say a 26-year-old inmate who suffering a medical emergency at the jail Saturday evening was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital.

Major Jerry Baldwin, Director of Public Affairs for Richmond City Sheriff's Office, said inmate Gregory Hill suffered what medical staff think was a heart attack in his cell just after 7 p.m.

Baldwin said the jail's medical staff and EMS crews attempted to revive Hill, but he was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center at 7:50 p.m.

"While there is no suspicion of foul play, procedure requires a full investigation, which has already begun," Baldwin said. "Results of a pending autopsy by the Medical Examiner will be released as soon as the report is available."

Sheriff's office staff notified Hill's next-of-kin Sunday afternoon.

Hill, who was admitted to the jail Wednesday, Jan. 6, was being held on felony charges of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased during this time of grieving," Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said in a statement.

Stay with and watch CBS 6 News at 6:30 and 11 p.m. for updates on this developing story.