CNHI News Service
Grady County Jail inmate Tireias Darnel Anderson, 39, of Cairo died suddenly Saturday around 7:39 a.m. on his way to breakfast. Anderson suffered from medical issues, according to Grady County Sheriff Harry Young. He had hypertension and visited the jail nurse every day. He was also on numerous medications, the sheriff said.
“He seemed to be in good spirits, but with a lot on his mind,” Young said.
The jail surveillance video showed Anderson getting up slowly, holding his chest and shaking his arm, all indicators of a heart attack.
“You could tell by the video he wasn’t feeling well,” Young said.
On his way to breakfast, he fell, trying to catch himself by grabbing a table. After attempting to get up from the floor, Anderson fell down again. The jail staff tried to revive him by placing cold cloths on him and calling emergency medical service personnel immediately.
When EMS arrived, Anderson was unconscious. CPR was implemented at the jail and on the way to the hospital in the ambulance. Anderson could not be revived. He was pronounced dead by the coroner at Grady General Hospital.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. We regret it. After EMS got here there was nothing else that could be done,” said Young.
Anderson had been an inmate at the Grady County Jail since June 29. He was placed in jail due to trafficking charges.
The family was contacted immediately and it met the ambulance at the hospital. An autopsy will be next week to confirm the cause of death. Foul is not suspected.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.