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(AP Photo/California Department of Correction)

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at a maximum-security prison in Cumberland.

Police and correctional officials say the 57-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell Thursday night at the North Branch Correctional Institution. Investigators say the man’s cell mate apparently approached a correctional officer to report something was wrong.

Authorities have not identified the deceased inmate. He was serving a 40-year sentence on a rape charge.

Correctional officers performed CPR on the man Thursday night until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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