Florida inmate collapses, dies at Polk County Jail

BARTOW — Authorities say an inmate collapsed and died while waiting in line for lunch at a Central Florida jail.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Robert Joseph Lorenz began slumping over around noon Sunday. He was caught by a corrections officer and taken to the Polk County Jail infirmary. A sheriff's report says Lorenz was unresponsive when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Lorenz had been in jail for about a week. He was jailed for violating his probation on a petty theft charge.

According to a sheriff's office report, Lorenz did not notify jail officials of any pre-existing conditions when he was booked.

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