Inmate dies in Owensboro jail

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - An inmate at the Owensboro jail has died, but the coroner says the death appears to be from natural causes.

Jail staff found 59-year-old John S. Brooks unresponsive in a detoxification cell Sunday afternoon and began CPR until an ambulance arrived, according to the Messenger-Inquirer ( He had been arrested Saturday night

Brooks was pronounced dead at Owensboro Medical Health System.

Daviess County Coroner said preliminary autopsy results indicate it was a "natural" death from "chronic alcohol abuse."

Daviess County Detention Center records show Brooks had been incarcerated more than 300 times since 1986, mostly on alcohol-related charges.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,

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