A nine-year-old Winnipeg boy who was buried in a collapsed snowbank has died.

A newspaper obituary indicated that the boy died on Saturday. Neighbours confirmed to CBC News that he was taken off life support.

The boy was found partially buried in a snowbank on Wednesday evening outside his family's home in the city's Fort Richmond neighbourhood.

Neighbours told CBC on Thursday that the child was seen outside playing on a snowbank at around 6:15 p.m.

About an hour later, his mother began screaming for help when she found him partially buried in the snow and was unable to pull him out.

Several people ran over and used their bare hands to dig out the boy, who was unconscious and lying on his back.

He was rushed to hospital in critical condition and had been on a ventilator helping him to breathe.

Police said the boy appeared to have been building a snow fort or tunnel.