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A Zion man died after he collapsed in his cell at the Lake County Jail in Waukegan and staff members unsuccessfully attempted to revive him Saturday afternoon.

The 50-year-old Zion man had been in custody at the Lake County Jail since October 5.

He was being held on the charges of armed habitual criminal, felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The inmate was found around 4 p.m. Saturday having a seizure in his cell, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

One of the jail’s nurses was already in the area and quickly responded to the cell along with several corrections officers.

The inmate stopped seizing but then stopped breathing, Covelli said.

CPR was immediately administered by the jail’s nurse and several corrections officers.

An automated external defibrillator was also used in an attempt to restart his heart.

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Paramedics were dispatched and they transported the man to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where he was pronounced dead.

Covelli said a review of the security surveillance cameras showed the inmate had walked into his single-inmate cell just before collapsing and seizing.

There were no signs of trauma on the inmate’s body and no indications of foul play, Covelli said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office scheduled an autopsy on the inmate for Tuesday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to conduct an independent investigation in accordance with protocol.