John Couey, convicted of killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, has died of cancer, according to Jessie's grandfather, Archie Lunsford.
"We got a call from the warden this morning," said Lunsford.
Jessie's grandmother, Ruthie Lunsford, said this "is the best news she has heard."
Couey, 51, had been in Florida State Prison near Jacksonville.
He died 11:15 a.m. today at a Jacksonville hospital, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.
"So far, no one has claimed his body," she said. "If no one claims it, he'll be buried in an inmate cemetery at Union Correctional Institution in Starke."
Ruthie Lunsford said she heard about Couey's death from the state attorney general's office.
"I am not crying," she said. "I had heard he had anal cancer."
Though the family knew Couey had cancer, they did not know he would die so soon, said Ruthie.
"We was looking for him to be injected and die," she said.
"This won't bring Jessie back, but Couey had to suffer. He suffered greatly. Anal cancer is very painful. I don't feel sorry for him. I am glad he had to suffer. He let my granddaughter suffer.''