By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

Employees at a local coffee shop made the tragic discovery of a mans lifeless body during the weekend.

On the morning of Sunday, January 11th, the staff at Kicking Horse Coffee entered the public washroom after a patron had been inside for an abnormally long time.

The man was unresponsive, and CPR was administered immediately, said Columbia Valley RCMP Corporal Brent Ayers.

There were no signs whatsoever (of foul play), and the death is not deemed suspicious, he said.

However, the name of the deceased cannot be released as the BC Coroners Office is still investigating, community coroner Shawn Jestley said.

Were guessing that the elderly gentleman had some recent hospital care, Cpl. Ayers told The Pioneer.

We feel, with the coroner and everybody, that he may have passed away as a result of something that may have happened to his heart, but were not sure.

The man was inside of the bathroom for about 20 to 30 minutes, cafe staff reportedly told Cpl. Ayers.

He was (then) taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead by the doctor there, said Cpl. Ayers.

The man was a resident of the valley and in his 80s.