Police have confirmed the sudden death of a 59-year-old inmate at Westgate Correctional Facility.

Officers and first responders were dispatched around 11:30pm on Saturday, to a report of a male inmate found in an unresponsive state at the prison.

Word of the inmate’s death, reportedly a suicide, started circulating early this morning via social media.

A spokesman said: “Despite lifesaving efforts by a Corrections officer, the 59-year-old man was later pronounced dead.

“A police led investigation is currently underway regarding the circumstances,” he said.

“Until his next of kin have been notified no further information regarding the deceased will be provided at this time.”