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Man smiles, says ‘Let’s rock’ before dying in electric chair

This undated photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski in Tenn. An attorney for Zagorski says his choice of death by electrocution over lethal injection is not a ploy to buy time. Kelley Henry announced Zagorski’s decision Monday night, Oct. 8, 2018. He’s scheduled to be executed Thursday, Oct. 11. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —   A Tennessee inmate grimaced and waved goodbye before saying “let’s rock,” moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007, put to death Thursday for shooting two men and slitting their throats during a drug deal decades ago.

Edmund Zagorski, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. Thursday at a Nashville maximum-security prison, officials said.

Asked by the prison warden if he had any last words in the death chamber, Zagorski said, “Let’s rock,” shortly before the execution was carried out.