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Franklin County inmate dies from drinking too much water

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PASCO, Wash. -- New information tonight about a Franklin County Jail inmate who died last December.  Experts say  water is what killed 55 year old  Henry Montelongo.

His body was found inside a cell and since then the Franklin County Coroner, Dan Blasdel  and experts have been working to determine the cause.  Blasdel compared his death to a handful of others in the state and determined Montelongo died due to acute water intoxication.

Blasdale says, Montelongo was taking medication which caused his sodium levels to spike, making him to be constantly thirsty.  He died as a result of over drinking.

"I've never seen it in Franklin county, there has been other cases in the state of Washington, where it's documented. in this case, autopsy, there was an excessive amount of water in his system," says Blasdel, who worked as coroner for 18 years in Franklin County.

Blasdel couldn't specify which medication caused this due to privacy laws.  He did say,  during Montelongo's arrest for domestic violence, he ended up in the ER, where doctors noticed his high sodium levels.  Blasdel says they warned  Montelongo to not drink so much water.