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Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, known for bringing victims to a pig farm, dies in prison after attack

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Convicted Canadian serial killer Robert Picktonwho brought female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree near Vancouver in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has died in prison after an attack, authorities said Wednesday. He was 74 years old.

This undated image from a video shows Robert William Pickton, 52. The Canadian pig farmer, who was accused of killing at least 26 women, was convicted of six counts of murder at his 2007 trial.

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The Correctional Service of Canada said in a statement that Pickton, an inmate at the Port-Cartier facility in Quebec, died in hospital from injuries sustained by an attack on another prisoner on May 19. Pickton was attacked at the maximum security federal facility and subsequently transported to an outside hospital for treatment.

In a statement, authorities said they had notified Pickton's next of kin as well as the registered victims “according to their stated notification preferences.”

A 51-year-old inmate is in custody for Sunday's attack on Pickton, police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said earlier this month. Canadian correctional authorities said they had launched an investigation into the attack.

Robert “Willie” Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the maximum parole period of 25 years in 2007 after being charged with the murder of 26 women.

More than 22 years ago, police began searching the Pickton farm in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. The investigation into the disappearance of dozens of women would take several years.

The remains or DNA of 33 women, many from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, were found on Pickton's pig farm in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He once boasted to an undercover agent that he had killed 49 women in total. Pickton's confirmed victims totaled six: Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Ann Wolfe, Georgina Papin and Marnie Frey.