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Brazilian prisoner who tried to escape disguised as daughter found dead in his cell

Clauvino da Silva tried to walk out the front door of a Rio de Janeiro jail at the weekend.

Photo taken of Clauvino da Silva's disguise
Photo taken of Clauvino da Silva's disguise
Image: AP

A BRAZILIAN DRUG trafficker, who had attempted to escape from prison disguised as his teenage daughter, was found dead in his cell today, officials said.

Clauvino da Silva, nicknamed Shorty or Baixinho in Portuguese, made headlines after he was caught on Saturday trying to walk out the front door of a Rio de Janeiro jail.

Da Silva, 42, wore a silicone mask, long dark wig, glasses, white flip-flops and the clothes, including pink T-shirt, blue denim jeans and black bra, belonging to his 19-year-old daughter, who was visiting him.

She had planned to stay behind while he made his getaway.

Da Silva, who was serving a 73-year jail sentence, was caught after guards noticed he looked “suspicious”.

His daughter and seven other visitors were detained over the foiled breakout.

A video released by the state prisons administration department shows da Silva stripping off his elaborate disguise in front of officials.

Three days after his failed escape, da Silva, a senior member of the Red Command, one of Brazil’s main crime groups, was found dead in his cell in a maximum security prison.

An investigation has been launched into his death.

Experts estimate hundreds of prisoners are killed in Brazilian prisons every year, mostly in confrontations between rival gangs battling for control of one of the world’s most important cocaine markets and trafficking routes.

Brazil has the world’s third-largest prison population after the United States and China, with more than 800,000 inmates.

© AFP 2019

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