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Coroner's office investigates after inmate dies in Santa Barbara County Jail

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office is conducting an investigation after an inmate died Friday night.

At approximately 6 p.m., Santa Barbara County jail inmate, Eduardo Rodriguez, 62, approached a Custody Deputy in a male dormitory housing area of the main jail telling him that he felt ill.

The Custody Deputy immediately called for Jail Medical staff after officials say, Rodriguez appeared to be ill. 

Rodriguez was in a wheelchair and was wheeled out to the hallway where his condition got worse and he eventually became unresponsive

Medical staff arrived and started life-saving efforts, but Rodriguez was pronounced dead at approximately 6:41 p.m.

According to officials, Rodriguez's death does appear to be due to natural causes. The Coroner's office is conducting a death investigation to determine the official cause of death.

 A final determination is pending an autopsy, toxicology, and lab results, according to officials.

Rodriguez was a Santa Barbara transient who had been in custody since April 10, 2019.

He was being held without bail for failing to register as a sex offender which was a violation of his probation.

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