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 August 25th, 2009  
Jail inmate dies of natural causes by heart attack early this morning, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
A 29-year-old Fort Pierce man with a family and personal history of heart problems and a personal history of drug abuse, jailed Aug. 1, died early this morning of natural causes from a heart attack, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Joseph Pellicano, DOB 2/23/1980, of 345 Weatherbee Road, Lot 105, Fort Pierce, Aug. 1 for aggravated battery on a deputy (felony), two counts of battery on deputies (felonies), resisting an officer without violence (misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor.) At the time, he previously had been released from jail after posting bond on several drug charges.

This morning around 3:30, a Detention deputy checking inmates in their cells saw Pellicano face down on the floor of his cell. Deputies immediately called for jail nurses and began resuscitation procedures.

St. Lucie County fire-rescue paramedics were called to the jail.

Nurses and deputies were able to revive Pellicano with an automated external defibrillator, and St. Lucie County fire-rescue paramedics continued resuscitation procedures while transporting Pellicano to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute.

Doctors at the hospital pronounced Pellicano dead at 5 a.m.

An autopsy this morning by the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office determined the preliminary cause of death as natural causes by heart attack.

Pellicano was an admitted drug abuser from steroids, heroin, powdered cocaine and crack cocaine, according to investigators. He and his family had a history of heart problems, deputies said.

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