John Dorsett Coburn Dies After Falling Ill During Jail Booking: Bayou Body Count No. 187

A man arrested on October 15 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, who fell ill during the booking procedure, died Monday at Ben Taub Hospital, Houston police say.

Houston police are investigting the death of John Dorsett Coburn, 34, of Houston, who was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he died on Monday about 10:10 p.m. of apparent respiratory failure.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Rhoads and Senior Police Officer R. Bolton reported:

Coburn was arrested on Oct. 15 in the 7900 block of the Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled substance. As Coburn was going through the booking process at the HPD Jail, he complained to the medical attendant about not feeling well. He was then transported to the hospital where he later died.

An autopsy conducted by the Harris County Insititute of Forensic Sciences did not show any signs of trauma. The investigation is continuing.

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