A death row inmate in Maryland has died, apparently of natural causes, said Maryland corrections officials.
John Booth-El, 60, died Sunday after staff found him unresponsive in his cell at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, said Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesperson Mark Vernarelli. As first reported by The Baltimore Sun, Vernarelli said Booth-El was pronounced dead a short time later despite attempts to revive him.
Booth-El's death appears to be from natural causes, but a state medical examiner autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.
Booth-El was sentenced to death for the 1983 murders of Irvin and Rose Bronstein. He was one of five death row inmates in Maryland, whichoutlawed the death penalty in 2013
. However, those already on death rowcan still be executed