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Coroner: Spartanburg Co. inmate suffered fall before pronounced dead at hospital

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The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said an investigation is underway at the county detention center.

On Tuesday, coroner Rusty Clevenger confirmed the agency is investigating the death of 47-year-old Ronald Jason Ball of Woodruff.

Ball was pronounced brain dead at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday, the coroner said.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said the inmate just fell over in the jail cell and passed away at a local hospital. The sheriff said they have video of the incident.

The coroner said he has no information that the inmate died as a result of an injury from another person.

An autopsy was delayed because Ball qualified for organ procurement, and the investigation was passed along to the procurement agency, awaiting potential placement.

Once completed, the autopsy revealed Ball's cause of death as "subdural hemorrhage with intracranial trauma," the coroner released on Saturday. The inmate suffered a fall at the jail not associated with the involvement of another individual, the coroner continued.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate.

The Spartanburg County Detention Center is currently facing lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and an attorney representing the estate of a woman who died while in custody in 2015

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