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

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

Office of Chief Medical Examiner engaged in investigation

Photo of HMP, St. John's.
A 35-year-old inmate at Her Majesty's Penitentiary died suddenly over the weekend, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

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

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

Cadigan said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is  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 Sunday, Department of Justice spokesperson 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.

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