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Ronald Post, obese inmate spared execution, dies in Ohio prison hospital

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows death row inmate Ronald Post. Post, 53, scheduled to die Jan. 16, 2013, for the 1983 shooting death of hotel desk clerk, wants his upcoming execution delayed. At 480 pounds, Post says heâ??s too heavy for the stateâ??s lethal injection process. AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows death row inmate Ronald Post. Post, 53, scheduled to die Jan. 16, 2013, for the 1983 shooting death of hotel desk clerk, wants his upcoming execution delayed. At 480 pounds, Post says he»??s too heavy for the state»??s lethal injection process.
Ronald Post in an undated photo
AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections
(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ronald Post, an obese Ohio inmate whose weight became an issue in his death penalty case, has died seven months after being spared execution.

A state prisons spokeswoman says the 53-year-old Post died Thursday at a prison hospital where he'd been treated on and off since 2011.

Post was sentenced to death for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. His attorneys sought mercy for Post on grounds that he could not be executed humanely because he weighed 450 pounds.

The governor granted Post clemency in December 2012 citing poor legal representation, not his weight.

Spokeswoman Ricky Seyfang says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction classified the death as "expected." She says privacy laws prevented her from divulging whether Post's weight was a factor in his death.

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