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Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 8:58 PM

No one will officially confirm this, but officials in a position to know have confirmed that an inmate has died at the Cherokee County Jail today.

The inmate, reported by fellow inmates to be in his 20s, died today, after complaints about health were allegedly ignored. Again, no official would confirm the reason at this late hour, but an official in a position to know confirmed that the death did occur.

We are pursuing this, but may not be able to get solid information until the morning.

According to a fellow inmate, the man was 22 years old. Housed in “H” Pod. The man had apparently been urinating on himself, the inmate said, which led him to be put in lockdown. He wouldn’t eat on Sunday, the man said, and the man asked for medical help and was denied.

Asked about that on Wednesday morning, a jail administrator said, “You shouldn’t believe everything inmates tell you.”

UPDATE 8:20 a.m.: The Cherokee County Jail has confirmed that a man did die, and has notified his family, though it is not releasing the man’s name.

The administrator MuskogeeNOW spoke to said there were no obvious signs of impending death, and the inmate had no medical history that indicated death was imminent.

Jail officers found the man’s body during spot checks.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.