Inmate Who Spent Decades Alone

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Cause of Death of Albert Woodfox Cause of Death: Inmate who spent decades alone

Albert Woodfox, a prison activist and one of the Angola 3, died at Ochsner Baptist Hospital on August 4, 2022. At the time of his death he was 75 years old.

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News of Albert’s death was confirmed by his brother, and well-wishers have since come forward to pay sincere tribute.

At Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Woodfox reportedly spent more than 44 years in solitary confinement, most of which were based on a dubious conviction in the death of a prison guard.

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He was released six years ago. According to legend, Woodfox lived alone for as long as possible. Despite being locked in a 6ft by 9ft cell sealed off for 23 hours every day, Woodfox has worked for years to save others from the same fate.

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According to Wilbert Rideau, Woodfox became a symbol of seclusion.

According to some, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison while standing in front of the Orleans Parish Criminal Court holding a concealed Luger pistol that an attendant had hidden in a nearby restroom. He was found guilty in 1969 of robbing Tony’s Green Room. After his conviction, he used the gun to break free from custody and managed a daring escape that drew media attention and dominated newscasts.

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A friend drove him to Mississippi. He then boarded a bus and traveled through Atlanta to New York City, where he first encountered members of the Black Panther Party.

He wrote in his article: “I had never seen black people so proud and intrepid. He was extradited from New York City and brought back to OPP with a police escort in 1971, 20 months after his escape.

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Before being transported to Angola, Woodfox took an oath promising to become a true member of the Black Panther Party. In the state prison, where staff distrusted both, the Black Panthers and the Muslims were both viewed as “militant groups.”

Woodfox later entered a negotiated plea deal, along with a settlement of a solitary confinement lawsuit, and he pleaded no plea to manslaughter and aggravated burglary.

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