AJ Longsoldier attempts to block the shot of Big Sandy’s Corbin Pearson during the State Class C Championship Game. (Havre Daily News photo)

A.J. LongSoldier (right) attempts to block the shot of Big Sandy’s Corbin Pearson during the State Class C Championship Game. (Havre Daily News photo)

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A.J. LongSoldier, who died shortly after being taken from Montana’s Hill County jail to a nearby hospital, died of natural causes, a coroner says.

“There was no foul play involved,” says Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown. He says it could be a month before more tests determine the cause of death, according to this AP story.

LongSoldier, 18, was a standout high school basketball player who led Hays-Lodgepole, on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana, to a Class C state championship as a sophomore in 2007.

The story reports that The state Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating LongSoldier’s death, said division chief John Strandell, and a coroner’s inquest will be scheduled because LongSoldier died while in jail.

Blaine County Sheriff Glenn Heustis says LongSoldier didn’t say anything about feeling sick when he was booked into the jail last Thursday on a contempt of court warrant for a juvenile charge. But another inmate says LongSoldier complained the next day about feeling nauseous.

“He was kind of yelling for the guards,” Don Farrar tells the Great Falls Tribune. “He said he wasn’t feeling well, that he was losing color, that he couldn’t hold anything down.”

LongSoldier went to the hospital by ambulance late Sunday night and died Monday morning.

Gwen Florio

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4 comments so far


Why was he booked at 3:30 am for a “Contempt of Court” warrant?

Why was he in jail for nearly 3 days on a contempt of court charge?

We NEED answers to these questions for this young man’s sake.

December 1st, 2009 at 7:57 am
ft belknap

aj was our pride n joy, he was our KING…. REST IN PEACE AJ LONGSOLDIER.. n to all them racist fucks thats gonna catch it in havre montana

December 2nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Hays/ Lodgepole is located on the Fort BELKNAP reseravation not fort peck…..And thank you for the person who said something about the “racist fucks”…thank you! All you little white people shut your mouths AJ was the best and will always will be even if his skin is brown! Native Pride~

December 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Don’t worry people justice will come 4 my baby boy. Someone has to be held responsible for not helping him.

January 11th, 2010 at 9:46 am

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