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Hillsborough deputies: Inmate found dead in cell

A 53-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell Thursday morning, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says.

Gerard George Geddes, of Valrico, was found about 10:28 a.m. during bed checks. Deputies performed CPR and notified jail medical staff, which responded and took over resuscitation efforts.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded and transported Geddes to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

No foul play is suspected.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death.

Geddes had been in jail since January 14 on a charge of failure to appear on driving while driver’s license suspended, canceled or revoked.

Jail records show he was arrested several times since 2003 on charges including computer pornography, failure to register as a sex offender, and failure to file taxes. The records do not show how the cases were adjudicated.

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