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An inmate at the Aiken County Detention Center was found unresponsive Thursday.

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Aiken County detention center who was found unresponsive Thursday morning.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has called in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Aiken County Coroner’s Office to conduct an investigation into the death of the inmate who has been identified as Dion M. Cook Sr., 51, of Aiken, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. 

Cook was found unresponsive in the kitchen area of the detention center around 6 a.m., according to the release.

Detention officers and a facility nurse attempted life-saving measures.

Aiken County EMS responded and transported the inmate to Aiken Regional Medical Centers where he was pronounced dead, according to the report.

There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances regarding Cook’s death, according to the release. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Newberry.

There has been one other inmate death at the Aiken County detention center this year which occurred on Feb. 7, Capt. Nick Gallam with the sheriff's office said.

Matthew Enfinger is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @matt_enfinger