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A prison inmate in Gunnison died Thursday after he apparently hanged himself in his cell.

Brock Tucker, 19, was alone in his cell at the Central Utah Correctional Facility about 6:17 p.m. when officers distributing medication found him hanging and unresponsive, according to a press statement by the state Department of Corrections.

Officers performed CPR before Tucker was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Department spokeswoman Brooke Adams would not disclose how Tucker hanged himself or what he used, saying the release of that information could pose security risks.

Tucker was lodged at the prison in April 2012 for violating probation he was serving for a previous assault conviction. He later was convicted of theft by receiving stolen property and failure to stop at the command of a police officer, Adams wrote. He was to appear before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole on Dec. 1.

The Sanpete County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suicide while the Department of Correction conducts an administrative review; an autopsy is pending.