A woman, an actress said to be the ex-wife of actor Gary Busey, was found deceased while in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center in November.
An autopsy report indicated Tiana Warden, 52, of Greenville died as a result of “the toxic effects of cocaine” and her death has been ruled as an accident.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Wednesday morning concerning Warden’s death, after TMZ and other media outlets had filed inquiries regarding the incident.
According to the statement, the Quinlan Police Department arrested Warden on Nov. 3, 2019 for the offense of public intoxication and booked her into the Hunt County Detention Center.
Warden was found unconscious in her cell at approximately 2:30 p.m. the next day.
“The Detention Officers and Medical Staff on duty immediately began life saving measures until AMR arrived on scene and took over,” the statement said.
Warden was transported by ambulance to Hunt Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.
Justice of the Peace Wayne Money conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy.
Medical Examiner Stephen M. Hastings M.D. with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas ruled Warden’s death “result of the toxic effects of cocaine. Chronic ethanolism likely contributed to the cause of death.”
“First and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tiani Warden during a very difficult time,” Sheriff Randy Meeks said in the statement. “I want to commend the Detention Officers that did everything they could to revive Tiani Warden and following their training and protocols put in place.”
According to the web site imdv.com., Warden appeared was Busey’s second wife and appeared in the 1997 television mini-series “Rough Riders” and the 1997 movies “The Rage” and “Plato’s Run” and the 1996 movie “The Chain.”