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Worker found dead in kettle cooker at N.J. food processing plant

Dale R. Devilli, 63, was working at Lassonde Pappas and Co. in Bridgeton.
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An employee at a New Jersey food processing facility was found dead inside a kettle cooker, authorities said.

Dale R. Devilli, 63, was working at the Lassonde Pappas and Co. plant Monday morning in Bridgeton, about 40 miles south of Philadelphia, when police were called for a report of an unconscious man, according to New Jersey State Troopers.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said that there appears to be nothing suspicious about Devilli's death and that the case is still being investigated.

A spokesperson for Lassonde Industries Inc. said they are saddened about the death.

"We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague and our hearts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time," the spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the company's website, the plant produces organic, natural and ready-to-drink teas, enhanced waters and juices.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it is investigating.

An online obituary described Devilli, of Millville, as a handyman who loved the outdoors.

"Out of his countless hobbies, he perfected bow hunting, fishing, and gardening; the latter would grow a vast variety of fruits and vegetables every summer. As an animal and nature lover, Dale enjoyed walking through the various trails around his property with his dogs and family," it read. "He was the picture-perfect husband and father who valued family above all else."

He leaves behind two daughters and his wife of 28 years, the obituary says.