A California convicted murderer died in prison earlier this month after staging a hunger strike to protest the way he and his fellow inmates are treated while living in solitary confinement.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 27-year-old Christian Alexander Gomez died on Feb. 2, just six days after he and 31 other inmates stopped eating. Gomez was one of the thousands of inmates who had been staging hunger strikes since last July to protest shoddy prison conditions.
As the hunger strikes grew, prisoners became sick, and their health deteriorated to critical conditions, but nobody died as a result of the strike, officials had previously told SF Weekly.
But on Feb. 2, Gomez was found unresponsive in his cell at Corcoran State Prison. He was taken to an
outside hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He had been held
in the prison's segregation unit, where prisoners have limited access to
exercise yards, after being
charged with attacking a fellow prisoner, CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton told reporters.
Gomez had been
serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and attempted murder.
An autopsy is still being conducted to confirm Gomez's cause of death, Thornton said.
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