First Arizona Prison Inmate Dies From The Coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020

The first fatality from the Coronavirus in Arizona prisons came two weeks ago when a 64-year-old inmate with diabetes died at a hospital in Tucson.

This undated photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Joseph M. Assyd, who was sentenced to life in prison for 1995 convictions for murder and kidnapping in Maricopa County. He became the first inmate in Arizona prisons to die from COVID-19.
Credit (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)

Pima County Medical Examiner Gregory Hess said Joseph Assyd died as a result of COVID-19 after suffering a respiratory infection.

Over the last week, corrections officials have declined to say whether any prisoners had died from the virus.

Assyd was serving a life sentence for convictions in 1995 for murder and kidnapping.

Forty-four of the nearly 42,000 Arizona prisoners have tested positive for the virus.