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Coroner probes death of woman held at airport

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Coroners Service says it's investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman who was detained at Vancouver International Airport last month.

Coroner Barb McLintock says the woman wasn't a Canadian citizen, had been in custody for a few days, and was transferred to the airport's holding cells on Dec. 19.

McLintock says "things went wrong" early the next morning, and the woman was taken to several hospitals, ending up at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in Vancouver.

She says the woman died there on Dec. 28.

McLintock says the coroners service isn't prepared to speculate about the cause or classification of the death because the investigation is preliminary.

But she says the service considers it an in-custody death, so it will be investigated thoroughly.

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