Albert Woodfox, a former black panther Party activist and member of theangola three,‘ died on Thursday August 4, 2022. He was 75 years old at the time of his death. Woodfox was known to have spent 43 years in solitary confinement. Read on to learn more about him.
Woodfox’s brother confirmed the sad news of his death CBS News. His family also released a statement announcing Albert’s death. He was released from prison in 2016 at the age of 69.
The other two members of the Angola Three had already been released from prison. Woodfox serves the “longest solitary confinement in American prison history.”
How did Albert Woodfox die?
Albert Woodfox died Thursday at the age of 75 from complications fatal caused by COVID-19. His longtime lawyers George Kendall and Carine Williams and his brother Michael Mable made the cause of death public.
Woodfox contracted COVID despite being vaccinated and boosted. The virus hit him hard and he began to collect fluid in his lungs. Multiple organs were soon affected and Woodfox began to develop complications.
Although Woodfox recovered from COVID, he was unable to recover from the complications due to his age. Ultimate, the former Black Panther, passed away on Thursday. His brother was by his side in his final moments.
Albert Woodfox cause of death explained
Albert Woodfox developed complications in his body from recently contracting COVID-19. His brother revealed he had fluid in his lungs. He took medication to clear it up, but it took a toll on his heart. After the heart treatment was performed, his kidney function slowed down.
Scans confirmed he had developed blood clots and started having strokes. “All the abuse of his body imposed by Angola came back‘” Kendall said after Woodfox’s death.
Eventually, Woodfox died by his brother Mable. The 65-year-old has been sitting next to him for the last few weeks. “I told him that I was here, I was present, that I know you feel my spirit, that I would like to see you open your eyes‘ said Mabel.
Who was Albert Woodfox?
Albert Woodfox was a former Black Panther party activist and one of the members of the Angola Three. He was born on February 19, 1947. He had been held in solitary confinement longer than anyone in US history. Woodfox survived approximately 43 years in a 6 x 9 foot cell in one of America’s most brutal prisons, the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola Prison).
Woodfox was imprisoned in 1972 after being convicted of the death of prison warden Brent Miller. Miller’s body was found in an empty prison dormitory. The prisoners identified Woodfox as the person who grabbed the guard from behind while others stabbed him with a lawnmower blade and a hand-sharpened prison knife.
Woodfox was placed in solitary confinement immediately after sentencing. Before that, he was in prison for armed robbery and assault.
In February 2016, Woodfox was surprisingly released after pleading no appeal for manslaughter and aggravated burglary. A judge ordered his immediate release.
“After carefully considering all of the facts and circumstances surrounding this case and the history of the case as it stands today, our team of prosecutors believe this lawsuit is in the best interests of justice‘ Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement.
In February 2016, then 69-year-old Woodfox pleaded no appeal on charges of manslaughter and aggravated burglary, and a judge ordered his immediate release. After his release, Woodfox was happy to devote time to educating the public in the United States
He has traveled extensively domestically and around the world speaking to school children and judges. He also adopted a stray dog that was wandering on a dam near Lake Pontchartrain. Woodfox called him Hobo. He published a number of books including “Lonely.”
Why was Albert Woodfox put in solitary confinement?
Albert Woodfox was placed in solitary confinement or isolation in Angola prison for decades because officials believed his Black Panther Party activism would otherwise anger inmates. Officers feared that Woodfox’s actions and words would elicit unwanted feelings from the detainees.
Woodfox’s story sparked discussions about the cruelty of solitary confinement, as well as marked improvement. During his illegal detention, he supported his fellow inmates in prison.
He even conducted hunger strikes to be treated humanely and helped train prisoners. Woodfox wanted to leave the planet in better condition for his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all future generations, just like his African ancestors.
Albert Woodfox was the last incarcerated member of Angola Three
Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert King became known as the “Angola Three” due to their decades of isolation in Angola Prison (Lousiana Penitentiary). Officers placed her in solitary confinement as her Black Panther Party activism could anger inmates.
Woodfox was the last member of the group to be fired. He spent 43 years in solitary confinement, becoming the longest-held prisoner in solitary confinement in American history.
The other Angola Three member charged with Miller’s murder, Herman Wallace, was released on October 1, 2013. However, he died of liver cancer three days later.
Robert King was the first member to be released in 2001 after spending 29 years in solitary confinement. His first conviction was overturned on appeal. He pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy to commit murder.
Our condolences to the deceased soul. May God give strength to his family and loved ones.
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