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Autopsy Shows Inmate Died from Flesh-Eating Bacteria

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CHICAGO (KMOX) – An autopsy shows that a Dixon Correctional Center inmate died of blood poisoning and a rare flesh-eating disease.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office conducted the autopsy after 32-year-old Robert Turner died Friday at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

The medical examiner’s office says Turner died of necrotizing fasciitis — more commonly called the flesh-eating bacteria — and sepsis and his death was ruled natural. Infections by flesh-eating bacteria can destroy muscle, fat and skin tissue.

Turner was on a medical furlough from the correctional center and was being treated for a number of maladies, including cirrhosis of the liver, according to authorities.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Turner was transferred from Dixon to the Chicago hospital Wednesday. He was serving a 40-year sentence for killing a man during a home invasion robbery in 1998.

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