UPDATE: Inmate's death not suspicious: RNC

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary does not believe the sudden death of a 37-year-old inmate in St. John’s Saturday morning is suspicious, based on its preliminary investigation.

Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's. — Telegram file photo

According to a RNC news release, corrections staff at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary initiated life saving measures after the inmate was found in a non-responsive state inside his cell. Paramedics were immediately contacted, and the RNC’s communications centre received a call on the matter at 8:22 a.m.

The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the man’s family has been contacted and that his name will not be released. His death was first confirmed by the Department of Justice.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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(Earlier story)

The Department of Justice has confirmed an inmate was found dead at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the department said there was no indication of foul play and that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating.

Multiple police vehicles and a hearse were reportedly spotted outside the penitentiary Saturday morning.

The Telegram contacted the RNC and was still waiting for a response as of early Saturday afternoon.

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  • laura
    April 27, 2014 - 17:50

    You should have some respect for the family that is morning the loss of this man. He was a good man. He wasnt part of any mod or torture chamber. My thoughs and prayers go out to his family in this time of need.

  • Glenn Stockley
    April 27, 2014 - 08:41

    the truth about what really happened in this medieval torture chamber isn't likely to be revealed…...

    • Jeff
      April 27, 2014 - 13:16

      Can't be that bad... The meatheads that live in this "torture chamber" seem to be quite comfortable in there. So much in fact they continue to cause havoc inside after they have done so outside. Can't speak for you, but if I was living in a medieval torture chamber, i'd do whatever I needed to in order to get back to my family. Not publish you are part of a mob while in handcuffs bringing more and more heat to you everytime you open your idiotic mouth. But hey that's just me.