From staff and wire reports
MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. - A man serving life in prison for the murders of two people - one a Hagerstown man - died in his cell Tuesday at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex in West Virginia, a prison official said.
Michael Balesi, 47, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was alive at breakfast, but was found dead at the noon count on Tuesday, said Mike Coleman, associate warden at Mt. Olive.
Balesi suffered from diabetes and kidney failure. The initial cause of death was listed as renal failure.
Balesi's body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy, Coleman said.
A decorated Vietnam veteran, Balesi was an uncooperative patient, refusing to take care of his health by smoking cigarettes and not following the diet his doctors gave him, Coleman said.