Ohio prisoner's death reviewed as medical problem

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Officials are investigating the death of a 47-year-old inmate at a southwest Ohio prison.

State prisons spokesman Carlo LoParo says Tracy Smith missed a designated check-in Friday morning, and officials found him in distress and sought medical help. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

LoParo said Saturday there were no signs of foul play or involvement by other prisoners, and the case is being reviewed as a medical problem. The coroner is investigating how Smith died.

Officials did not release further details about what happened.

LoParo says Smith was serving 30 to 75 years on an aggravated murder charge out of Pickaway County.

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