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Edward Nelson. File/Berkeley County Sheriff's Office/Provided

An inmate at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia was found dead in his cell Friday, authorities have confirmed. 

Edward Isaiah Nelson, 27, died of a suspected suicide, said Chrysti Shain, a spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Corrections. 

Nelson of North Charleston was serving a life sentence for the 2016 murder of his girlfriend outside her Moncks Corner apartment.

An investigation into his death is ongoing. 

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.