According to an Ohio coroner, R&B singer Sean Levert died of natural causes, but his family insist his passing could have been prevented if prison officials would have given him the proper medical attention. Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller’s report indicates no foul play or trauma was involved in Levert’s death. Miller said the artist died from complications of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs. According to Miller, Levert suffered from a number of other illnesses, including heart disease, high blood sugar and withdrawal from alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks that is better known under the trade name Xanax. The family is sticking by their guns, stating the sheriffâs department records that they reviewed proves Levert wasn’t given his meds while in jail or seen by a doctor, which might have prevented his death. Levert was serving a 22-month sentence at the Cuyahoga County Jail for failure to pay child support when he collapsed on March 30 while being held in restraints. He was taken to the hospital, where he died at age 39 at 11:57 p.m. Following Levert’s death, jail warden Kevin McDonough said the singer had been ill and was being monitored by guards because of his bizarre behavior. When he started pounding on his cell door, guards strapped him in a restraint chair, McDonough said. Levert’s breathing became shallow and he was taken to the hospital.
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