The Otago-Southland coroner has found a prisoner who collapsed in his cell died of natural causes.
Michael Joseph Anthony Carroll, 53, died after suffering a brain haemorrhage on January 19.
Otago-Southland coroner David Crerar said in his formal written findings Mr Carroll and his cellmate had been exercising in the prison gymnasiumAfter returning to his cell he started showing signs of an acute headache and was holding his head and groaning with pain, Mr Crerar said.
He advised the health clinic staff of a migraine and requested panadol but collapsed shortly after and was heard to hit the cell floor with a thud, he said.
Mr Carroll was taken to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter but never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage.
Mr Crerar found there was no failure of Otago Corrections Facility or its health centre staff. "I find that his death was by natural causes and could not have been predicted in the circumstances.’’
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