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'Dudus' is not dead - US prison spokesman says Coke remains in facility

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 11:01 PM
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke

A spokesman at the Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution in the United States (US) has denied reports that Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke died there yesterday.

News have been circulating on social media since yesterday that Coke was found dead in his cell at the South Carolina prison.

According to the reports, the reputed leader of the Shower Posse was found hanging from a rope tied to a window in his jail cell.

However, a prison spokesman told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that Coke remains at the facility.

The former Tivoli Gardens don pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in the state of New York in 2011.

A year later he was sentenced to 23 years in prison and is scheduled to be released in 2030.

Coke's father, Lester Lloyd Coke, the man believed to have started the Shower Posse, died in a mysterious fire at the General Penitentiary prison in downtown Kingston.