SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County inmate who died Saturday suffered from hypertension, which caused his heart to swell significantly, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
At 6:11 a.m. Saturday, David Washer was getting ready to eat breakfast in his cell when he collapsed, according to a news release. Deputies were nearby serving meals in the adjacent cell block and responded to the distress call.
Washer appeared to be having a seizure, the report said. He was pronounced dead at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
The Medical Examiner's Office said its preliminary autopsy showed signs of hypertension, and that there were no signs of trauma to Washer's body.
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