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Prison authorities in Brazil have found convicted drug dealer Clauvino da Silva dead in his cell, three days after an elaborate escape was foiled.

Prison officials said it appeared that Silva had hanged himself.

Guards on Saturday stopped Silva as he tried walk out of the prison disguised as his teenage daughter.

Photo released by the Rio de Janeiro state prison authorities of Clauvino da Silva disguised as his daughter

A video showing him removing his disguise – which included a silicone mask and a wig – piece by piece received widespread media coverage.

Silva was 42 and was serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months for drug trafficking.

On Tuesday guards found him in his cell in Bangu 1 prison in Rio de Janeiro state, to which he had been transferred after his unsuccessful escape attempt.

Brazilian news site O Globo reported that he had been held in solitary confinement since his transfer.


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