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Russian man who had been detained by immigration authorities has died in Tacoma

A Russian asylum seeker who was previously held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has died, the Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed Sunday.
A Russian asylum seeker who was previously held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has died, the Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed Sunday. The Seattle Times

A Russian asylum seeker who was previously held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has died, the Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed Sunday.

Amar Mergensana, 40, died Saturday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma. An examination is set for Monday.

Mergensana had been on life support at the hospital after a reported suicide attempt on Nov. 15, the News Tribune reported.

Activists who monitor the privately owned immigration facility say Mergensana had been on a long-term hunger strike. They have called for his release from detention, according to the News Tribune.

The man had been held at the detention center since about January.

After the reported suicide attempt, Tacoma police responded to the detention center. Staff members told officers that Mergensana had accepted liquid food earlier that day, according to the News Tribune.

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