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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI)– A former Jefferson County Jail inmate, who says he saw Terry Edwards die in his cell, spoke exclusively with Fox 2’s Anthony Kiekow Tuesday.

Edwards was found dead in his cell the day after Thanksgiving.

“He had been having stomach pains, and he was leaned over holding his belly,” the inmate, who did not want to be identified, said.

He went on to say that Edwards asked jail authorities for help.

“Like six or seven times,” he said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said there is always medical staff on duty or on call. However, officials would not reveal if Edwards was treated by that staff or if that staff was on duty during the time Edwards was held in the jail.

It was over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The preliminary cause of death is a ruptured ulcer, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“He was in pain,” the former inmate said. “The next thing I know he was dead.”

Edwards was originally arrested by St. Louis County Police. They say he resisted arrest and officers used “minor force” to take him into custody. He had warrants out of Jefferson County and had drug paraphernalia, according to St. Louis County Police.

He was taken to an area hospital.

St. Louis County Police said a doctor declared him “fit to be confined.”

Edwards was transferred to the Jefferson County jail the day before Thanksgiving.

“I was the last person to see that man alive,” the inmate said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the death.

It could take weeks for the medical examiner to complete an autopsy.