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Brazil inmate found dead after foiled escape disguised as daughter

A masked inmate, Clauvino da Silva dressed as a woman, is pictured at the Bangu jail complex, Gericino, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, August 3, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 07, 2019, 11.36 AM (IST)

A Brazilian drug trafficker, who had attempted to escape from prison disguised as his teenage daughter, was found dead in his cell on Tuesday, officials said.

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

Da Silva, 42, wore a silicon 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. 

Watch: Brazil inmate tries to escape prison disguised as daughter

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.

Officials said he appeared to have hanged himself with a bed sheet. 

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.

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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