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Man dies in Tasmanian prison

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A prisoner has died in custody overnight.

The Tasmanian Prison Service has confirmed the man's death, with Director of Prisons Ian Thomas extending his condolences to the deceased person's family and friends.

The matter has been referred to the Coroner.

The Tasmanian Prison Service won't be making any further comments at this time.

"This is standard practice whenever a death occurs in a corrections environment," Mr Thomas said.