Family Sues Over 2006 Death Of Nevada Death Row Inmate

RENO (AP) - The family of a death row inmate who died at Ely State Prison has sued the state's prison system, claiming it failed to provide medical treatment for him.

In its lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, the family contends the maximum-security prison refused to dispense insulin for 60-year-old Patrick Cavanaugh's diabetes before he died in April 2006.

The Cavanaugh case was cited by the American Civil Liberties Union in a Reno federal court lawsuit filed last month accusing the state of denying adequate medical care to inmates at the Ely prison.

A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office declined to comment on the latest suit.

Cavanaugh, a former manager of the Coasters singing group, was
convicted in 1985 of killing group member Nathaniel "Buster" Wilson in Las Vegas.

At the time of his death, a prison spokesman said Cavanaugh had long-term health problems aggravated by smoking, and that no foul play was suspected.

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