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Condemned Inmate Diaz Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Robert Rubane Diaz, 72, who was on California’s death row from Riverside County, died of natural causes at a community hospital on August 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Diaz was received onto California’s death row on June 19, 1984 with 12 counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. He was sentenced to death in Riverside County on June 15, 1984 for the 1981 deaths of 12 hospital patients, aged 52 to 95, who had died from lethal levels of a heart medication. The patients died in hospitals where Diaz was employed as a nurse.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 51 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 17 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, five died from other causes and one is pending the cause of death.

As of August 11, 2010, there are 706 people on California’s death row.

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