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 August 14th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces Tuesday death of jail inmate Michael Francis Lapp, apparently of cancer
A 60-year-old St. Lucie County jail inmate died Monday afternoon, apparently of cancer, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Michael Francis Lapp, 60 (DOB 12/23/52), was found unresponsive Monday afternoon around 1:35 p.m. by a fellow inmate after Mr. Lapp ate lunch," Sheriff Mascara said. "The inmate immediately alerted deputies who removed Mr. Lapp from his cell, began CPR and notified the jail medical staff. St. Lucie County Fire Rescue paramedics were summoned as the jail medical staff continued efforts to revive Mr. Lapp."

Sheriff Mascara said Fire Rescue paramedics took Mr. Lapp by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute where he was pronounced dead at 2:28 p.m.

The autopsy took place on Wednesday with the preliminary indication that cancer was the cause of death.

He has been confined at the county jail since his arrest Sept. 13, 2011, by Port St. Lucie Police Department on several charges including extortion.

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