A Cuban national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Monroe County Detention Center (MCDC) in Key West, Florida, died Thursday at an area hospital after he was found unresponsive in his cell and efforts by facility staff and emergency personnel to revive him were unsuccessful.
Wilfredo Padron, 58, was pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) in Key West, at 7:17 a.m. The official cause of death remains under investigation but it is believed to be cardiac-related natural causes. MCDC staff found Padron unresponsive in his cell Thursday at approximately 6:41 a.m. and immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and also used an Automated External Defibrillator. At 6:49 a.m. the Key West Fire Department arrived and transported him to LKMC where he was pronounced dead.
Consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified about the death, as have the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. Additionally, ICE has advised Cuban Embassy representatives.