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The Genesee County Sheriff's Department notified media this morning of an inmate death at the Genesee County Jail which took place Friday, July 8th.

42-year-old Nikko C. Gambino of Morrow Road, Covington, died of unknown cause in his cell. Sheriff's investigators at this point believe his death is a direct result of withdrawal from illegal drugs. Gambino also reportedly suffered from "various medical issues."

According to the Sheriff's news release, corrections officers checked on Gambino at 2:12pm last Friday, at which time he made a guesture that he was "OK." Officers report he also uttered some sort of sound, which was taken to mean he was okay.

Fifteen minutes later, officers returned and found Gambino in very poor health, and degrading rapidly. Corrections officers administered CPR to Gambino. He was rushed to UMMC and pronounced dead at 3:05pm.

There are no signs of foul play in the death.

Sheriff Gary Maha said this morning that corrections officers are trained to deal with the symptoms of drug withdrawal.

"When it happens, the inmate is very closely monitored, and consulted by our medical staff," he says. And as far as the indication of being "OK," Maha says Gambino often communicated with jail staff using utterances of no distinguishable content.

Gambino was in the news just two weeks ago for an incident in which he allegedly hid drugs in his lower intestinal tract, for the purpose of smuggling them into the jail and distributing them. Gambino was forced to pass the drugs by corrections officers, and then allegedly reconsumed them immediately after passing them. Sheriff Maha said investigators can't be sure if the possible consumption of fecal matter may have contributed to Gambino's sickness.

"We're awaiting the results of the toxicology report and autopsy," he said. That portion of the investigation could take up to a month. He is hoping for a preliminary verbal report as soon as tomorrow.

Maha did point out the State Department of Corrections still has much to look at.

"They'll come in and do their own independent investigation, with regard to the inmate's history, his medical issues," Maha said. "They'll make a determination whether we were deficient in any of those areas."

Maha was unaware of any funeral arrangements for Nikko Gambino. His wife was notified of his death.

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# cindy pound
Friday, July 15, 2011 10:53 AM
there is an obvious coverup in play here. my boyfriend was serving time with mr. gambino and on several occasions told me that mr gambino was receiving no medical attention for the withdrawal. Also that mr gambino received no mental health counseling or otherwise due to the mental part of his withdrawal. he was being asked if he wanted his medication and wasnt able to make a rational decision about that because his withdrawal was so severe that he was hallucinating and delusional. something must be done to stop all of these suspicious deaths in genesee county jail. the medical department as well as corrections failed this person. regardless of his crimes or history he is entitled to proper medical attention!
Friday, July 15, 2011 6:45 PM
# cindy pound
Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:43 PM
Talking to my fiance on the phone from jail and hearing him withdrawing in the background I knew on day one he needed a hospital. He was not in the proper state of mind to refuse medication at that point its a safety and health issue. I hope you find comfort in knowing that the other inmates watched over him and did there best to make him eat and demand help any care that man revived was from the people serving time.
# tiffany
Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:11 PM
hey im his daughter i need to know what happened .. can i give you my number to call me?
# Friend
Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:14 PM
I was a friend from Alabama that did a few trades and bought some really nice animals from Nikko. I hate to hear about what happened to him as he was a great guy. My heart goes out to the his family and friends.
# Michelle
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:13 PM
Please watch

Nikko Gambino​=bu2eDhsZVFQ

I'd like to know who tipped them off??
# Famiily in Ct
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:46 PM
We are his Ct family. Nikko was AKA Robert N. Goering of CT. His struggles and choices separated us over the last years of his life. We created a memorial page on facebook and a video on YouTube. Please stop by and visit. We are seeking more information on the last few years of his life. Thanks.
# Famiily in Ct
Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:03 AM
We are his Ct family. Nikko was AKA Robert N. Goering of CT. His struggles and choices separated us over the last years of his life. We created a memorial page on facebook and a video on YouTube. Please stop by and visit. We are seeking more information on the last few years of his life. Thanks.
# Cindy
Monday, October 03, 2011 8:07 PM
Yes u can give me ur number tiffany and family in ct u may contact me. My fiance knows more. He was there and it affected him and others greatly sorry it took me so long to reply
# Family in Ct
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 12:28 PM
Hi Cindy, Thanks!! -rather than post numbers, can you friend Nikko on the Face book account we created, then we can get your number through a message and call you!
# nicole goering nieves
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:49 PM
i want justice for what the gennesee county jail did to my brother .. im wondering if please all who know of the mistreatment that was seen and done to my brother please be shared with us .. it can help gather a defense for these correctional officers to be disciplined for there irresponsibility .. and justice be served for my brothers death . you can facebook nikko gambino and under his list of family.. request me ... nicole . we need to fight together so the laws can change to treat inmates with more dignity ..god bless you .
# Family in CT
Friday, October 14, 2011 12:02 PM
It's not about being treated with dignity, we know that's not going to happen. It's about the right to life, unless SENTANCED by a judge NOT the prison's or guards choice!!!

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