12/23/2015 12:20 EST | Updated 12/23/2016 05:12 EST

Bruce Vigfusson, Canadian Imprisoned In Mexico, Dies In Hospital

His son learned of the death through a phone call from a prison inmate.

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The family of a Manitoba man says the 45-year-old has died in a Mexican prison while serving a sentence there.

They say Bruce Vigfusson died in hospital on Monday in the northwestern Mexican city of Hermosillo.

Vigfusson's son says he only learned of his father's death through a phone call from a prison inmate.

He says the Canadian government isn't providing enough assistance to his family as he tries to get his father's body back to Canada.

Vigfusson's son says his father has been behind bars since September 2012 after being charged with assault following a home invasion in which he allegedly attacked a thief.

Vigfusson was working in the mining industry in Mexico before his arrest.


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