• A protester holds a sign at a Black Deaths in Custody Rally at Town Hall in Sydney, Saturday, April 10, 2021. (AAP)Source: AAP
Two Aboriginal men have died in prisons in Victoria and NSW, authorities in each state have confirmed.
Source:
AAP
27 Apr 2021 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2021 - 5:24 PM

A man has died at Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne's west on Monday night, Corrections Victoria said.

It's believed he suffered a medical episode. A smoking ceremony was being arranged.

Separately, NSW authorities confirmed a 37-year-old man was found dead in his cell at Cessnock Correctional Centre on Tuesday morning.

Both deaths have been reported to coroners in each state.

It follows the deaths of five other Aboriginal people in custody across Victoria, NSW and Western Australia since March 2.

They include a man aged in his 30s at a NSW prison hospital, and another man and a woman at Victoria's Ravenhall Correctional Centre and in custody in NSW, respectively.

Barkindji man Anzac Sullivan, 37, died during a police pursuit in Broken Hill and a 45-year-old man died in hospital in Perth.

More than 470 Indigenous people have died in detention since a 1991 royal commission report into Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Death in custody: 37-year-old man dies at Cessnock Correctional Centre
The man's death in custody marks the sixth since the beginning of March and coincides with the Royal Commission 30th anniversary.