Huntingdon, PA– Superintendent Chad Wakefield of the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield reported that inmate Joshua Heath, 27, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Heath was found unresponsive in his cell on July 17, 2022. Emergency personnel were notified and life-saving measures were administered until emergency medical services arrived. Heath was taken to Penn Highlands Hospital and subsequently transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he passed.

In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation.

Heath was serving a 1-to-5-year sentence for criminal trespass on a Monroe County conviction.  He arrived at SCI Smithfield on July 16, 2022 as a parole violator.

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

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