Convicted Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serial killer Derrick Todd Lee died, according to prison officials.
Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde confirmed that Lee died just before 9 a.m. on Jan. 21 while being treated at a hospital, WAFB reports.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, which occurred days after Lee was taken to the hospital to be treated for a medical condition.
At the time of his death, 47-year-old Lee was serving time for two murders he was found guilty of committing. He was, however, linked to several other murders between 1998 and 2003.
In 2004, he was sentenced to death in the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Baton Rouge resident Charlotte Murray Pace. He was also sentenced to life for the 2002 killing of Geralyn DeSoto.
In total, Lee is suspected of killing seven women. He had been in the Louisiana State Penitentiary since Oct. 14, 2004.
“There’s no doubt he ruined many, many people’s lives,” former East Baton Rough Parish District Attorney Doug Moreau said in response to news of Lee’s death, adding that he didn’t wish to gloat over the passing, according to The Advocate.
“Sometimes God intervenes," he added.