Police are investigating a sudden death in the leafy Auckland suburb of Epsom this morning.

Emergency services were called to a property in Kipling Ave just after 7.45am.

Detective Sergeant James Robson said an elderly man had died.

Asked if the death was suspicious, Mr Robson said the cause was "unexplained".

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"We are determining what's happened." He wouldn't comment further.

A hearse removed the body from the scene just before 10.30am.

The property includes a home used as a boarding house and another dwelling in which a family live.

A boarding-house resident said he believed the person had died at the family home.

Police were questioning residents of both properties, but the man said he hadn't seen or heard anything unusual.

Police began leaving the scene at 10.45am.

The incident is being described as a sudden death. Photo / Jason Oxenham
The incident is being described as a sudden death. Photo / Jason Oxenham