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Apr 20, 2016 9:12 AM

Medical examiner says Manchester inmate died of fentanyl overdose, rules death accidental

MANCHESTER - The state Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that an inmate at the Valley Street jail died of acute fentanyl intoxication.

Inmate found unconscious in cell at Hillsborough County dies soon after

Jeffrey Pendleton, a homeless man who worked in Nashua, had been in the jail for five days before being found unconscious in his cell in March.

Pendleton died March 13. He was being held on an "act prohibited" charge for possession of marijuana. His bail had been set at $100 cash. Jail officials say there had been no indication he was in distress before his death.

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Pendleton, 26, had been active in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Workers in the Fight for $15 have held several protests in his honor since his death.

The medical examiner said the cause of death has been ruled accidental.

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