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Police say the death of a 59-year-old homeless man in Nanaimo is no longer considered suspicious following an autopsy.

A forensic autopsy was completed on December 31st, and foul play has been ruled out as a cause of death.

The deceased was discovered on Boxing Day by a member of the public at about 5:45 a.m. in the 400-block of Fitzwilliam Street in the Old City Quarter.

At the time, his death appeared suspicious, after police received reports of a possible altercation the previous night in the area where the body was located.

“Investigators are confident and have concluded that these reports were not connected in any way to his death,” Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said in a statement.

The investigation into his death will continue in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service.

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