A man has died after being found unconscious in downtown Auckland early this morning.

Emergency services were called to the corner of Victoria St West and Queen St just after 6am.

A St John spokesman said one person was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.

A police spokesman confirmed the patient was a man and by the time police arrived at the hospital he had died.

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The man's age is yet to be released.

Police are making inquiries to formally identify him.

A Herald reporter at the scene said paramedics carried out CPR on the patient for some time before loading him into a waiting ambulance.

St John said it appeared the victim had suffered a medical event.