911 tape: Inmate's body in hot NYC cell was stiff

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NEW YORK (AP) - A doctor told a 911 dispatcher that a mentally ill inmate found in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was already in rigor mortis when he was discovered.

The 911 tape from Feb. 15 shows emergency workers performed CPR on Jerome Murdough (muhr-DOH') for 20 minutes before stopping.

The 56-year-old former Marine was pronounced dead about 35 minutes after he was discovered.

Murdough family attorney Derek Sells provided the 911 tape to The Associated Press on Tuesday. He's planning a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit.

A spokesman for the Law Department says city lawyers will review the lawsuit when it's filed.

Bronx prosecutors are investigating. A spokesman for the Department of Correction said he couldn't comment on pending litigation.

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