A 46-year-old man who was detained by federal immigration agents in North Hollywood last week collapsed while playing soccer at a detention facility in Adelanto and died, officials announced Thursday.
Honduran national Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Wednesday while being taken in an ambulance to a hospital, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Attempts to revive Caceres-Maradiaga using a defibrillator were unsuccessful, according ICE, which reported that agents had arrested him on May 22.
“His removal case was pending before the immigration courts at the time of his death,” according to an ICE statement. “Records indicate that Mr. Caceres, who was never lawfully admitted to the U.S., has had two prior criminal convictions since 2011, one for DUI and one for fraud.”
Caceres-Maradiaga’s preliminary cause of death was listed as acute coronary syndrome and he had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and an umbilical hernia, conditions for which he was being treated while in custody, according to ICE Public Affairs.
Caceres-Maradiaga is the ninth ICE detainee to die while in the agency’s custody in the 2016-17 fiscal year 2017, which began on Oct. 1.