Authorities say a man serving a 40-year sentence for his role in a international child pornography ring has died following a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.

A statement Friday from the Federal Bureau of Prisons says Christian Maire had life-threatening injuries following the “altercation” Tuesday at the Milan detention center about 50 miles southwest of Detroit and was pronounced dead.

(In December, Christian Maire sobbed in court, telling the judge: ‘I am sick.’ Read more here.)

Maire’s drew national attention as federal prosecutors illustrated how nine men lured hundreds of teenage girls onto the dark web and convinced them to strip, masturbate and perform illicit sexual acts on a webcam.

The men even convinced some girls to cut themselves while they watched.

All nine defendants were convicted and sentenced to decades in prison, including Maire, a married father of two from New York who masterminded and ran the operation.

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