A British woman who had recently lived Arlington died this week at a federal immigration facility in West Texas.
Olubunmi Toyin Joshua, 54, who was in the country illegally, was being held at the Rolling Plains Detention Center in Haskell, about 180 miles west of Dallas.
ICE said in a statement that Joshua was found unresponsive Monday night and taken to Haskell Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
Joshua entered the country on a student visa in 1984, authorities said. In 1997, she was given a final order of removal to leave the United States.
She flew to Canada in 1998 and then re-entered the country illegally, ICE said.
In 2013, Joshua was convicted in Tarrant County on charges of failure to identify and giving false/fictitious information.
Joshua was arrested in Denton County in October 2015. After she pleaded guilty in January to driving without a valid license, she was released into ICE custody.
A GoFundMe site has been set up to help Joshua's family with funeral costs.
Joshua's daughter, Nicole Okungbowa, asked on the GoFundMe page for prayers of strength and comfort.
"While I am still trying to comprehend what has transpired, I am confident that God will bring peace and understanding to this broken heart," she wrote.
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