Malcom Pete Lassiter, 51, the Wake County Detention Center inmate who died Thursday, had been to visit medical personnel in the facility and was being escorted back to his cell when he collapsed, the sheriff's office said.
Lassiter, of 511 Dunbar St. in Durham, was believed to have died of natural causes, but Sheriff Donnie Harrison said there be would be no official determination until the state medical examiner rules.
Lassiter collapsed about 7:15 a.m., the sheriff’s office spokesman, Capt. James Stevens, said. Efforts to resuscitate Lassiter failed, and an Emergency Medical Services team pronounced him dead at the scene, Stevens said.
Officials did not disclose why he had been seen by medical personnel.
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Lassiter was being held on a July 15 charge from Raleigh police of larceny by removing an antitheft device from merchandise at a Walmart store at 10500 Glenwood Ave., records showed.
He also had been charged July 7 with habitual misdemeanor larceny.
Officials released Lassiter’s name late Thursday after his family had been notified.