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Officials say Iowa inmate dies of natural causes from lung cancer


CORALVILLE, Iowa — Officials say an Iowa inmate has died of natural causes from lung cancer.

The state Department of Corrections says 65-year-old Leroy William Basham died Saturday. He was at the hospice unit of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Basham was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. He began his sentence in December 1987.

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