Coroner orders autopsy after Whati man dies in Yellowknife

Cathy Menard, the territory's chief coroner.
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The territory’s chief coroner has ordered an investigation into the sudden death of a Whati man in Yellowknife early Wednesday.

Cathy Menard says the 41-year-old died at Stanton Hospital after being taken there from a local residence.

The man has been identified locally and by other media outlets as Matthew Nitsiza.

“The NWT coroner’s service has ordered a post-mortem examination,” said Menard while stressing that foul play is not suspected.

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“We’ll look at all of the circumstances around the case and the person’s medical history.

“Sometimes we’re able to determine – with all of the information and circumstances that we have – the cause of death and sometimes we need a post-mortem examination to also assist.”

Menard says it’s still way too early to determine a cause of death.

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