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Family says Virginia man begged jail officials for help before death

Tyrone Bailey was diagnosed with cancer

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – The family of a man who died while serving a sentence at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Virginia says he begged jail officials for help in the weeks before his death.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that it interviewed family members and obtained records showing 51-year-old Tyrone Bailey complained of stomach pain and missed appointments with a doctor treating him for lung cancer.

Bailey was diagnosed in March 2018 shortly after he started serving a two-year sentence on charges of driving as a habitual offender and perjury.

Bailey had been receiving regular treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy, but he missed appointments in September and October.

On April 19, Bailey was at a scheduled oncology appointment receiving chemotherapy when he went into cardiac arrest. Hospital records describe a possible allergic reaction to an unspecified medication.