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R'n'B singer's family asks FBI to investigate his death

Sean Levert died after being taken from an Ohio jail

The family of R'n'B singer Sean Levert has asked the FBI to investigate his death following a medical emergency in jail on Sunday (March 30).

As previously reported, the 39-year-old singer died shortly after being taken to a Cleveland hospital.

He had been serving a sentence at the nearby Cuyahoga County jail for failing to pay child support.

The jail's warden claimed guards had strapped him to a restraint chair because he had been pounding on his cell door, when Levert's breathing became shallow.

The singer was then taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.

Levert's cousin, Michael Gibson, said the 39-year-old had never had any outburst of the type described by the jail warden, reports the Associated Press.

FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said that agents have agreed to meet with Levert's family.

An autopsy did not immediately determine the cause of death, but toxicology test results are expected in a few weeks.

Levert and his brother Gerald performed together in the band LeVert in the 1980s, releasing hits including 'Baby I'm Ready' and 'Casanova'.

His father fronted the popular Philadelphia R'n'B band The O'Jays.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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