Inquest announced into death of Niagara man who died in police custody

The Coroner’s Office says an inquest will be launched into the death of 27-year-old Patrick Stoyka. (

The province has announced an inquest will be launched into the death of a Niagara man who died in hospital while in police custody.

According to a news release, 27-year-old Patrick Stoyka died in hospital on Jan. 27, 2018.

The news release did not provide details on how he died, but Stoyka’s obituary says his passing was “sudden.”

“Patrick will be fondly remembered by many friends and extended family,” his obituary says.

As Stoyka died while in police custody, an inquest is mandatory under the Coroner’s Act.

“The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Stoyka’s death,” a news release from the Coroner’s Office reads. “The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths.”

The coroner’s office says details on the date and location of the inquest will come at a later date.

Dr. Jennifer Tang is slated to be the inquest coroner.