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Gang Leader Who Tried To Escape Prison By Dressing As Teen Daughter Found Dead

Just three days after the brazen attempt to fool Brazilian authorities, Clauvino da Silva apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Gang Leader Disguised Himself As Teen Daughter In Attempt To Escape Prison

The Brazilian gang leader who tried to escape prison by dressing as his teenage daughter in a complex plot involving a wig and silicone face mask has died.

Just three days after authorities caught Clauvino da Silva, 42, trying to flee the prison by impersonating his daughter, the former high-ranking member of a Brazilian crime organization was found dead in his maximum security prison cell of an apparent suicide, according to The Rio Times.

“The inmate appears to have hanged himself with a bed sheet,” a prison authority confirmed in a statement according to The New York Post.

Officials have launched an investigation into the death.

Silva had been moved to the high-security unit after his attempt to break out of prison by posing as his 19-year-old daughter.

The plan had allegedly been for his daughter to stay behind at the prison while Silva posed as her and walked out of the prison’s main doors.

To carry out the ruse, he wore a long black wig, silicone face mask, glasses, tight blue jeans and a pink cartoon shirt with donuts.

However, officials became suspicious after noticing how nervous he appeared to be and stopped him before he ever left the prison doors.

The Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat later released images showing Silva’s elaborate disguise, along with a video that showed the drug trafficker removing the costume one piece at a time before his true identity was revealed.  

Silva’s daughter and seven other individuals who had visited Silva in the days leading up to the foiled escape plan are now being investigated by authorities.

Silva had been serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months in prison when he died, the BBC reports.

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