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Police investigating sudden death of 40-year-old man at VIHA facility

Feb 27 2012

Victoria police remained tight-lipped Sunday about the death of a 40-year-old man believed to have been homeless before he died at an undisclosed health facility early Saturday.

The Vancouver Island Major Crimes Unit is investigating the sudden death after being called in to assist the B.C. Coroners Service.

Const. Mike Russell said the man had no fixed address. He was not a resident of the facility, but was found inside.

“That’s all we can release right now,” he said. “We’re working with [the Vancouver Island Health Authority] to find out what happened to him in the last few hours he was alive.”

Victoria police arrived with paramedics around 6 a.m. but were unable to revive the man.

Officers waited for the coroners service, according to the police report released Sunday afternoon.

The major crimes unit was then called in to assist the coroner. Unit members investigate serious offences against persons, including but not limited to serious assaults, robberies, suspicious sudden deaths, forcible confinements and so forth.

“We brought them in to cross the t’s and dot the i’s,” Russell said.

More information is to be available Monday.