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Another inmate dies at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre

Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has confirmed that an inmate from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) died on Saturday.

Inmate was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday, ministry spokesperson says

An inmate from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) died on Saturday, bringing to 15 the number of deaths there in the past decade. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has confirmed that an inmate from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) died on Saturday.

In an email to CBC News, Greg Flood, a spokesperson for the ministry, said the inmate was found unresponsive in his cell.

"Staff responded, immediately performing first aid and calling paramedics. The inmate was transported to hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced [dead]," Flood wrote. 

This is the 15th inmate death at the EMDC in the past decade. 

Steve Moerman, the acting superintendent of Middlesex-London EMS, says paramedics responded to two separate calls concerning two different inmates at EMDC on Saturday. 

"One male in his 20s was in critical condition and one male in his 50s was in stable condition," he said. "Both were transported to the London Health Sciences Centre." 

EMS was unable to confirm what prompted each call. 

In his email, Flood added that a number of investigations are underway to determine the cause and the manner of death of the inmate. 

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