Woman found dead in Texas jail cell was ex-wife of actor Gary Busey

Tiani Warden was found dead in the Hunt County Jail November 4. (Hunt County Jail)
Tiani Warden was found dead in the Hunt County Jail November 4. (Hunt County Jail)(KXII)
Published: Jan. 9, 2020 at 12:53 PM CST
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A jail inmate who died after she was found unresponsive in her cell at in November in the Hunt County Jail was the ex-wife of actor Gary Busey, Busey’s publicist confirmed.

Tiani Warden, 52, of Greenville, died as the result of an accident, according to an autopsy report.

She was arrested by officers in Quinlan and booked into the jail on Nov. 3, 2019.

“On November 4th, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ms. Warden was found unresponsive in her cell,’ a press release issued Wednesday said.

“The detention officers and medical staff on duty immediately began life-saving measures until AMR arrived on scene and took over. Ms. Warden was transported by AMR to Hunt Regional Medical Center continuing life-saving measures during transport.”

Warden was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Justice of the Peace Wayne Money did the inquest, and he ordered an autopsy in the case.

The autopsy report listed Warden’s cause of death as an “accident.”

“First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tiani Warden during a very difficult time,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said in the press release.

“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 her IMDB page, Warden starred in several movies with Busey, including The Chain (1996), The Rage (1997), Rough Riders (1997) and Plato’s Run (1997).

She married Busey in 1996 and they divorced in 2001.