A prisoner has died at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo this morning.

Auckland Prison director Tom Sherlock said a prisoner was found unresponsive in his cell this morning at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo while staff were conducting routine rounds.

Staff gave medical attention and emergency services were called however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary indications are that the death was due to natural causes.

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The death has been referred to the Coroner and will be subject to an investigation by the Corrections Inspectorate and Police.

A Northern St John Ambulance communications spokeswoman said ambulance officers were sent to the prison "for a patient not breathing".