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South Coast Jail Inmate Dies

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A Ventura County jail inmate has died, and the cause is unknown.

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies discovered an inmate at the county's Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura was having a medical emergency Saturday night.

Deputies started providing first aid, with jail medical personel helping.  Ventura firefighters and paramedics also provided emergency support before Alexander Christian  Beirne was taken to a hospital.  The 38 year old Ojai was pronounced dead about 90 minutes after the medical issue was discovered.

The County Sheriff's Office Major Crimjes unit is investigating to try to determine exactly what happened.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.