It was last week when I first started getting tweets and emails about 22 year old Joshua Randall.

The Houston resident, who suddenly collapsed and died this month, was a Texas inmate at the Willacy Unit.

He was being held on a burglary and drug conviction according to prison officials.

Family members and friends say Randall had no previous medical issues and they want to know how an otherwise healthy 22 year old just dies behind bars.

Jason Clark with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says there is an investigation underway along with an autopsy.

However, Clark says there appear to be no foul play and the Office of Inspector General always investigates inmate deaths.

Here is a statement from the TDCJ:

At approximately 2020 hours on June 14, 2013, offender Joshua Randall
collapsed while in the dayroom at the Willacy Facility.

Staff responded and began life saving measures.

911 was called and EMT’s arrived shortly thereafter.

Randall was taken to Valley Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Doctors continued life saving measure and ultimately pronounced
Randall deceased at 2131 hours.

An autopsy was completed and the cause of death is unknown at this time.

Foul play is not suspected.

As is customary in any offender death, the Office of Inspector General – TDCJ will conduct an investigation.


  1. Lucas Jackson June 20, 2013 3:48 pm 

    Heart problem?

  2. maria June 20, 2013 10:00 pm 

    Rip joshua randall may you guys continue this investigation this boy needs justice I know that this didn’t just happen to a healthy young men .please find justice so that his family can close that door to let him rest.

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