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'Sudden death' of 35-year-old inmate happened after he was taken to hospital, says Justice Department

New additions have been built on to Her Majesty's Penitentiary over the years, but the original structure dates back to 1869. (Mark Quinn/CBC - image credit)
New additions have been built on to Her Majesty's Penitentiary over the years, but the original structure dates back to 1869. (Mark Quinn/CBC - image credit)
New additions have been built on to Her Majesty's Penitentiary over the years, but the original structure dates back to 1869.
New additions have been built on to Her Majesty's Penitentiary over the years, but the original structure dates back to 1869.

A 35-year-old inmate at Her Majesty's Penitentiary died suddenly over the weekend, the RNC confirmed. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed that a 35-year-old inmate of Her Majesty's Penitentiary died over the weekend.

Speaking with CBC News on Sunday, Const. James Cadigan — the constabulary's media relations officer — said police responded to a report of a "sudden death" at the prison Saturday morning.

Cadigan said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is currently working to determine the cause of death and police are waiting for that report to determine whether further action is required.

In a statement later on Sunday, Department of Justice media relations manager Eric Humber said the man died after he was taken to the hospital on Saturday.

"An investigation is underway and no further details will be provided at this time," said Humber, speaking on behalf of the department.

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