WASHINGTON -- An unidentified detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, died over the weekend, the U.S. military announced Monday. It said that guards discovered the man unconscious in his cell Saturday afternoon, and that efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
He was the ninth detainee known to have died while imprisoned at Guantanamo. The U.S. Southern Command in Miami, which oversees Guantánamo Bay, did not immediately release the name or nationality of the dead prisoner.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the death, as is standard procedure, the military statement said, and the detainee's remains will undergo an autopsy before they are repatriated.
The military provided no immediate details about the scene of the death, including whether there were any signs that the death may have resulted from something other than natural causes. The death lowers the publicly known detainee population at Guantanamo to 167.