Canada

Coroner investigating death of Côte St-Luc blue collar worker

Silvio Pietrangelo reportedly took his life after filing a complaint about harassment in the workplace five years ago.

Silvio Pietrangelo died April 12, 2021.

The Quebec coroner’s office says it’s looking into the death of a Côte St-Luc blue collar worker who reportedly complained of being harassed on the job.

Coroner Julie Blondin is handling the investigation into the death of Silvio Pietrangelo to determine the cause and circumstances, Jake Lamotta Granato, a spokesperson for the Quebec coroner’s office, confirmed by email on Monday.

No more information can be made available until the investigation is completed and the coroner’s report is made public, he added.

According to his obituary, Pietrangelo, 49, a husband and father of two, died on April 12. The obituary said his family, including his mother, brothers, a sister and nieces and nephews, suggested donations to the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association.

The Journal de Montréal reported that Pietrangelo took his life after filing a complaint about harassment in the workplace five years ago. The newspaper said the harassment hadn’t ceased.

“We were deeply saddened by the passing of one of our employees,” a statement released by the city of Côte St-Luc said on Monday.

“We are in contact with the worker’s family to help with the paperwork. We’re also in the process of (an) internal review of this matter. To date, we have not been contacted by the coroner’s office but will share any information in the event of an investigation. We can confirm, however, that we did not receive any harassment claims from our employee. We don’t have any additional information to share with the media due to the fact it is related to personnel.”

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