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How Did Albert Woodfox Die? Inmate Who Spent Decades in Solitary Death Cause

The prison activist and member of the Angola 3, Albert Woodfox, died on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. He was 75 at the time of his passing. Albert’s brother confirmed his death news and ever since his well-wishers have been coming forward and have been paying him heartfelt tributes. Albert was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Apart from expressing their sadness about his demise, netizens also seem to be searching for his cause of death. Here, in this article, let us tell you more information about him.

According to reports, Woodfox spent over 44 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, a large portion of which was based on a questionable conviction in the death of a prison guard. He was released six years ago. According to legend, Woodfox spent the longest period of time alone on Earth. Woodfox has been working for years to prevent others from experiencing the same fate, even as he was confined to a 6-by-9-foot cell that was on lockdown for 23 hours every day.

Wilbert Rideau said that Woodfox became the face of solitary confinement. Sources confirm that he was convicted guilty of robbing Tony’s Green Room in 1969 and given a 50-year sentence as he stood in Orleans Parish Criminal Court with a concealed Luger pistol that a friend had stashed in a nearby bathroom. He used the weapon to push his way out of detention following his sentencing, pulling off a daring escape that grabbed media attention and dominated newscasts.

He was driven to Mississippi by a friend. From there, he boarded a bus and traveled through Atlanta to New York City, where he first saw members of the Black Panther Party. In his essay, he said, “I’d never seen Black folks proud and unafraid like that before. Twenty months after his escape, in 1971, he was extradited from New York City and returned to OPP with a police escort.

Woodfox swore an oath to join the Black Panther Party as a legitimate member before being sent to Angola. Both the Black Panthers and Muslims were viewed as “militant groups” in the state penitentiary, where staff members were afraid of both. Later, Woodfox pleaded no contest to manslaughter and aggravated burglary as it was a negotiated plea that came with a settlement on a solitary-confinement lawsuit. Keep following our site for more updates and the latest and trending news.

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