MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana — A diabolical Indiana hospital worker who became known as “the angel of death” for intentionally killing as many as 150 mostly elderly patients, has died while serving a 360-year sentence, officials said.
Orville Majors, 56, was convicted in 1999 in the death of six patients at Vermillion County Hospital who had been administered heart stopping drugs. But he had long been eyed in dozens more suspicious deaths during a 22 month period between 1993 and 1995.
Indiana prison officials said Majors had collapsed in his cell on Sunday at Indiana State Prison and later died at a nearby hospital. An autopsy determined he had died of natural causes, WANE-TV reported.
Majors’ reign of terror was relatively short after hospital officials soon detected an alarming spike in unexplained deaths. In total, the hospital had typically recorded an average of 26 deaths annually in the years before his arrival. But the number shot up over 100 ater Majors began working there as a nurse.
During his sentencing, the judge called Majors “a paragon of evil.”
His earliest projected release date had been July 1, 2177.