Medical examiner: Alcoholism, not pepper spray, killed Lee County jail inmate

Chronic alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal syndrome caused the December death of a Lee County Jail inmate, the medical examiner's office announced Wednesday.

An autopsy of James Gregory Kindred, 45, showed he died of natural causes, the District 21 office in Fort Myers stated in a press release.

Kindred, of Lehigh Acres, died at Gulf Coast Hospital on Dec. 7, days after he was jailed for an early morning DUI crash.

According to the medical examiner's office, Kindred was a patient of the jail's infirmary when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and was moved to the hospital.

The death was described as "natural," according to the office.

The announcement comes about 10 months after another Lee County inmate died after his time at the jail. Nicholas Christie, 62, a retired boilermaker from Ohio, died in the downtown jail's observation wing after repeated pepper sprayings.

Christie's death, ruled a homicide, is under review by the State Attorney's Office and federal investigators.

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