Brazilian inmate, whose masked attempt to break out of jail dressed as his daughter reverberated around the world, was found dead in his cell on Tuesday.
Rio de Janeiro state authorities revealed that he had hanged himself in his cell.
Convicted Rio drug dealer Clauvino da Silva, 42, was serving a decades-long sentence when he was caught trying to break out of jail last Saturday, disguised as his daughter. He was caught wearing an eerie plastic mask, a long black wig and women’s clothes.
A video released by prison authorities shows him removing his disguise went viral on social media.
The reason why everyone should be checked at our borders …… not what you think – watch this and RT pic.twitter.com/usoqVn6ML9
— Rodney Howard-Browne (@rhowardbrowne) August 4, 2019
On Tuesday, prison officials said Silva had been found dead in his cell in a high-security unit in the state’s Bangu prison complex.
“The inmate appears to have hanged himself with a bed sheet,” Rio’s prison authority said in a statement, adding that an investigation had been opened.
The recent death brings shame to the Rio’s jail management which is often pulled up for violence in overcrowded prisons.
Last week, close to 57 people died after prison riots broke out between two rival gangs. More than 50 inmates died in similar circumstances in May.
Source : Various