Autopsy ordered after Whati man dies suddenly in Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories' coroner is ordering an investigation into the sudden death of a 41-year-old man in Yellowknife early Wednesday morning.

Family identifies 41-year-old Matthew Nitsiza as the man who died early Wednesday

RCMP confirmed a 41-year-old man died suddenly in Yellowknife early Wednesday morning. The man's family told CBC News he was Matthew Nitsiza.
The Northwest Territories' coroner is ordering an investigation into the sudden death of a 41-year-old man in Yellowknife early Wednesday morning. 

He died at a hospital after being taken there from a residence, RCMP spokeswoman Marie York-Condon said in a written statement. 

Though RCMP have not identified the man, family told CBC News his name is Matthew Nitsiza, a Whati man living in Yellowknife. 

 

"When he was home, he was a handyman, he was resourceful," his aunt Mary Anne Jermick'ca told CBC News. "We as a family tried to get him back here, but the street life was something he was so addicted to." 

"A lot of times family members tried to get him back here [to Whati], whether it was the winter road, or even paying his plane ticket to come back here," she said. 

Nitisiza was homeless and spent much of his time around the Wal-Mart and Tim Hortons in Yellownife. Though he frequented area shelters, staff at the day shelter downtown said they hadn't seen him in a few weeks.  

The coroner's office has ordered an autopsy, though RCMP says foul play is not suspected in his death.