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Aug 22, 11:47 AM EDT

Hernando County Jail inmate dies of embolism


BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The medical examiner in Hernando County says a 27-year-old inmate died of a pulmonary embolism.

Hernando County Sheriff's officials said on Friday that Jessica Dixon complained about having trouble breathing after taking a hot shower on Wednesday night. She was taken to the jail's medical unit, where she appeared to be hyperventilating and was cool to the touch. The physician at the jail said she needed to be immediately transported to a hospital in Brooksville, where she died a short time later.

The medical examiner's office in Leesburg listed the cause of death as pulmonary embolus and infective endocarditis. Relatives told the sheriff's office that Dixon had a long history of IV drug use.

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