Police are treating the death as suspicious, and a murder investigation has now been launched.
Police were called at 3:03am this morning with a report of a man found injured at the Globe Hotel on Main Street in Cockermouth. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
The deceased is described as a white male, of stocky to heavy build, approximately 5ft 9” – 5ft 10” tall, clean shaven, with a shaven head. He has a distinction black panther tattoo on his upper right arm, and an Alsatian’s dog head tattoo on his upper back, between the shoulder blades. He is aged between 35 and 50 years old.
He was wearing a GAP light grey zipped fleece jacket (no hood), River Island black and grey fine striped polo shirt with blue trim to the button area, dark blue jeans, black Jeff Banks trunk style underwear, and grey Nike trainers, with a bright green ‘swoosh’ emblem.
Detective Superintendent Cath Thundercloud said: “We are still working to identify who this male is, and I would urge anyone who knows someone matching the above description to get in touch as soon as possible.
“The person or people who are responsible for this attack would have blood on their clothing, and we would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed someone coming home with blood on their clothing, or washing their clothes in the early hours of the morning.
“Suspicious deaths of this nature are thankfully extremely rare in Cumbria, and we have a team of detectives who are working hard to establish what exactly has happened. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure local people that we don’t believe there to be a threat to the public.”
All the roads have now been reopened, with the exception of some streets surrounding the Globe Hotel.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for West CID, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.