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ICE detainee dies at Atlanta hospital

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A man being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital while in custody.

According to a news release from ICE, 58-year-old Atulkumar Patel was detained on May 10 after arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport without the necessary immigration documents.

Patel was traveling from Quito, Ecuador, according to authorities.

Officials say Patel was transferred into ICE custody at the Atlanta Detention Center on May 11, where a medical screening revealed that he had high blood pressure and diabetes.

Officials say a nurse noticed that Patel had shortness of breath on May 20, which is when he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Patel was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday due to complications from congestive heart failure, according to authorities.

"Consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified about the death, as have the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility," the agency said in the news release. " Additionally, ICE has advised Indian consular representatives who have notified Mr. Patel’s next of kin."

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