Bellefonte, PA – Superintendent Salamon, of the State Correctional Institution at Rockview reported today that inmate Christopher Kennedy, 42, was found unresponsive in his cell on January 28, 2022. Prison staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived.  EMS arrived and advanced life support measures were continued as he was transferred to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he passed away at 5:10 p.m.

Kennedy was serving an 18- to 36-year sentence for Murder out of Lawrence County. He had been at SCI Rockview since December 22, 2021.

In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Centre County Coroner's Office.

The deceased's next-of-kin has been notified.

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