Inquest called into the death of aboriginal artist
THUNDER BAY — An inquest will be held into the in-custody death of aboriginal artist Moses Beaver.
Beaver, 56, was pronounced dead at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 13 after being transferred from a jail in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Ontario’s regional supervising coroner for inquests, Dr. David Eden, says an inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act due to the circumstances of Beaver’s death. “The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Beaver’s death,” Eden said Friday in a statement. “The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.”
Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services said Thursday that a male inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at the Thunder Bay jail on Monday night and paramedics were called.