OKLAHOMA CITY - Authorities are investigating after an inmate was found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma County Jail.

According to a release from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Richard Smith was found unresponsive in his cell on Monday.

Smith was booked into the jail on Sunday on the charges of driving under suspension and drug possession. He was moved to the medical floor based on information obtained during the screening process, and authorities believe the death to be from natural causes due to a pre-existing condition.

So far investigators have not released the pre-existing condition that prompted Smith to be moved to the medical floor.  

The sheriff’s office, along with OSBI agents, are investigating. The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

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