The State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision say 24-year-old inmate Anthony Myrie was involved in a three-on-one fight at the Greene Correctional Facility before his death last Monday.
DOCCS says corrections officers broke up the fight without using force. They say medical officials examined Myrie and found no injuries from the altercation. They say he was then taken to a holding cell. DOCCS says Myrie later complained of chest pain and collapsed. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to Albany Medical Center.
Earlier in the day Sunday, there was a chorus of calls for answers outside the facility.
"Her life matter, their life matters, everybody's life matters," yelled a protester.
State Police and Greene County Sheriff's deputies closed off prison entrances for about 40 minutes for a peaceful protest. While many questions still linger about Myrie’s death, word is spreading across the country. Rap artists Cardi B and Meek Mill both wrote lengthy social media posts about him.
Myrie was serving a seven-year sentence for Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
DOCCS says Myrie's death didn't show signs of trauma, and preliminary autopsy results show Myrie may have died of a heart attack.
The official cause is still pending.
Myrie is the second Greene Correctinal Facility inmate to die in the last several months after inmate Delmus Tanner also died in November. Both deaths are still under investigation.