CHICAGO (STMW) — An inmate of a central Illinois prison died Wednesday morning while on medical furlough in Chicago.

Dariel White, 38, was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

White was on furlough from Pontiac Correctional Center, where he had been held since August 2011 on a six-year-sentence for delivery of heroin, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website. He would have been eligible for parole this August.

IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer said White had been ill and that his death “was not unexpected.”

A source said White had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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