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Did Jailers Contribute to Sean Levert's Death?

4/1/2008 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sean LevertTMZ has learned that singer Sean Levert was physically restrained by jail guards right before he died.

Staff at the Cuyahoga County Jail tell us Levert was "out of control" and "hallucinating," forcing them to place him in a restraining chair, because he was a danger to himself. The jail's warden Kevin McDonough says Levert was cooperative and "went willingly" when jail staff bound his wrists and shackled his feet.

The Cuyahoga County Coroner tells us Levert's body showed no signs of physical trauma, nor do they suspect foul play. They are currently awaiting toxicology results -- those will take four to six weeks to come back.

Sean reportedly suffered from high blood pressure. In a statement issued yesterday, the Levert family says "There is no song that can capture the loss that we have in our hearts." The family is reportedly asking the FBI to investigate what happened.

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The Most Beautiful Woman In The World    

Those Jailers may have this hanging over their heads for years - even if they are innocent.

Hopefully, the media will be restained about spreading rumors.


These people have families and may just have had the misfortune of being on duty at the wrong time

Can you imagine the threats and lawsuits this could bring - if these rumors take on a life of their own

2365 days ago
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FlBiker    

Why did Paris Hilton survive...why

2365 days ago
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JueBlue    

how long til the family starts screaming it happened because he's black....... 5, 4, 3....

2365 days ago
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nataliec    

i believe they killed him....it is so easy to cover up something like this........PIGS!!!!!!!!!

2365 days ago
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Liz    

I'm sure Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have already been contacted!

2365 days ago
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Nic    

Who is this person? Why did he go to jail. Guards are bullies, but he also went to jail for something. Who ever he is.

2365 days ago
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steladoro    

I dont understand how he was "out of control" and hallucinating yet willing to be restrained.

2365 days ago
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steladoro    

another thing..........I think people tend to be a little too gullable, folks i think you should remember this is a gossip column and not be so quick to point the finger.

2365 days ago
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tina    

Unless you work in a county jail you have no idea what goes on behind those locked doors.
I have worked in one for quite a long time and to be honest with you most of the times it is the gaurds that harass and
prevoke 75% of all incidents. Not to say that this is the case, beleave me color has nothing to do with it.
Black-white-green or blue your fair game.

2365 days ago
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steve walsh    

If it wasn't for the "pigs", we'd all be at the mercy of lots of very scary people. I'm not saying the cops are always right, but why is it that everything has to turn into a race war? The guy was not a model father, let alone citizen.

2365 days ago
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pattijen    

The guy was in jail for financial reasons. He was not a hardened criminal. And if he was having some mental problems while he was in there, along with blood pressure problems, then maybe they should have taken him to a hospital so they could find out what was wrong with him, instead of restraining him that way. This is an obvious case of someone being mistreated by authorities while being incarcerated. I hope some of those bullies are brought up on charges of their own.

2365 days ago
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Bird    

I think everyone should wait until the cause of death is determined. When his brother Gerarld died everyone assumed it was because of his weight and started preaching about fitness when in fact it was a regular old drug overdose. Who knows what happened to Sean?

2365 days ago
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She Who Wonders    

There is a phenomen known as Sudden In Custody Death. It doesn't mean that the jailers had to use undue restraint. It can happen to a healthy young person. When you add "high blood pressure" and possibly unknown drugs to that mixture...well, don't judge the jailers until all the evidence is in.

2365 days ago
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Old School Fan    

This is sad - on a number of levels - for his family, for his friends, for his kids... his fans. Sean had a number of physical problems, apparently, and wasn't in the best of health. I don't believe that there was any wrong-doing that contributed to his death nor do I think that his race had anything to do with it (and I'm a BW). It's just unfortunate for his family to have yet another death to contend with just after the year anniversary of their other son's death. I am sorry that he has died so young, but I do not feel sorry for how he landed himself in jail. He had enough money to feed his drug habit, but not enough to pay the child support for his children that was court-ordered. Since he had not been making CDs since his brother's death, and therefore money not coming in as it was, he should have renegotiated (rather than avoided) the fees. Guess it's true - live fast, die young.

2365 days ago
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Old School Fan    

This is sad - on a number of levels - for his family, for his friends, for his kids... his fans. Sean had a number of physical problems, apparently, and wasn't in the best of health. I don't believe that there was any wrong-doing that contributed to his death nor do I think that his race had anything to do with it (and I'm a BW). It's just unfortunate for his family to have yet another death to contend with just after the year anniversary of their other son's death. I am sorry that he has died so young, but I do not feel sorry for how he landed himself in jail. He had enough money to feed his drug habit, but not enough to pay the child support for his children that was court-ordered. Since he had not been making CDs since his brother's death, and therefore money not coming in as it was, he should have renegotiated (rather than avoided) the fees. Guess it's true - live fast, die young.

2365 days ago
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