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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2000
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmate Dies After
Suicide Attempt

TALLAHASSEE - Inmate William J. Ferran (DC# 138558/DOB: 12-11-57) died this morning after a suicide attempt Sunday.

Ferran, an inmate at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution in Pasco County, was pronounced dead at 8:30 am at East Pasco Medical Center.

Prison staff found Ferran unconscious in his cell Sunday at 5:32 pm with a bedsheet around his neck, and the other end tied around a light fixture in the ceiling of his cell. Staff immediately began CPR and summoned paramedics, who arrived at 5:45 pm. Ferran was transported to East Pasco Medical Center. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Ferran was serving a life sentence for 1st degree murder in Orange County. Background information and a photo are available on our website at under the "inmate release information search."

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