Brazil gang leader who tried to escape dressed as daughter dies

Brazil gang leader who tried to escape dressed as daughter dies

Brazil gang leader who tried to escape dressed as daughter dies

A Brazilian gang leader who made headlines by attempting to escape jail by dressing up as his 19-year-old daughter has been found dead in his cell, Agence-France Presse reports.

Viral footage showed the tattooed inmate remove his over-the-top costume, which involved a silicone face mask, long black wig, glasses and a pink T-shirt that belonged to the teen.

But prison officials said the nervousness displayed by Clauvino da Silva, also known as "Shorty", as he tried to leave the prison in the western part of Rio de Janeiro dressed as a woman gave him away.

A masked inmate, Clauvino da Silva is pictured at the Bangu jail complex, Gericino, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on August 3, 2019.

He had been serving a sentence of almost 74 years at the time of his death, BBC reported. Authorities say the prisoner tried but failed to escape from the prison wearing the disguise.

On Tuesday, however, in a gruesome twist, Rio prison officials said Silva had been found dead in his cell in a high-security unit in the state's Bangu prison complex.

Silva, a member of Brazil's Red Command drug faction, had been serving a almost 73-year sentence when he tried to flee on Saturday with the help of a silicone mask, a black bra and wig, and a skin-tight T-shirt emblazoned with three pink doughnuts.

The gangs are linked to bank robberies, drug trafficking and gun-running, with jailed leaders running their empires through smuggled mobile phones.

But Silva's death represents the second major humiliation for Brazil's notoriously overcrowded jail system in just over a week. He was arrested a month later.

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