Whitehorse man dies in detox

A local man died at the Whitehorse Detox Centre on Sunday morning. His identity will not being released until authorities are able to contact his next of kin, said Yukon coroner Sharon Hanley. On Saturday evening, complaints were made about an intoxicated man on Fourth Avenue downtown.

A local man died at the Whitehorse Detox Centre on Sunday morning.

His identity will not being released until authorities are able to contact his next of kin, said Yukon coroner Sharon Hanley.

On Saturday evening, complaints were made about an intoxicated man on Fourth Avenue downtown.

At 7:30 p.m., the 34-year-old Whitehorse man was picked up by Emergency Medical Services.

On the way to the hospital, the man became combative with the ambulance attendants.

Police were called and the man was taken to RCMP cells.

Early the next morning, he became ill. He was sweating and complained of shortness of breath.

At 3 a.m., EMS was called again and the man was taken to the hospital, where he was examined and treated for withdrawal-like symptoms.

The man was released to the detox centre around 4:10 a.m.

He was checked frequently and treated, said Hanley.

However, he was later found unresponsive and pronounced dead at 10:50 a.m. on May 2.

The coroner’s office should have some preliminary findings by the end of the week.

The death occurred at the detox centre and will not be considered a death in police custody, said Hanley.

“But we’re still going to look at the whole picture.”

Contact Chris Oke at chriso@yukon-news.com

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