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Autopsy results released of Pike Co. inmate found dead in cell

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PIKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The autopsy on a Pike County inmate, who was found dead in his prison cell on Saturday morning, has been released.

The Pike County Coroner says that John Gill died from hypertension, cardio vascular disease and an enlarged heart, pending toxicology reports.

Our reporter asked the coroner if he noticed any bruising on Gill's body that would confirm a possible beating. The coroner said he didn't notice any bruising, but said that he won't rule out that he could have been beaten.

Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepard says Gill was arrested and booked into the Pike County Jail around 1 a.m. Saturday on a disorderly conduct charge.

Gill got into a fight with officers at the jail and was pepper sprayed. The next day officers found him dead. 

The family is making sure Gill's death isn't swept under a rug. They started a Facebook page: Justice for John W. Gill, which has over 500 likes.

"I will miss his humor the most, his personality," Alyssa Brown, Gill's daughter explained.

Gill will be laid to rest Thursday.

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