North Florida Inmate Dies After Being Booked Into Jail

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Associated Press Release

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) -- Hernando County Sheriff's officials say a 64-year-old man died after being booked into jail on a domestic battery charge.

William Edward Collins was taken to the Hernando County Jail's medical unit Monday night after he started sweating profusely and became pale.

The Tampa Tribune reports Collins passed out, regained consciousness and was briefly hospitalized.

Officials say Collins was able to communicate with the hospital staff briefly before being taken into surgery.

An autopsy is being performed at the Hernando County medical examiner's office.

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