Correction: A previous version of this story misstated how many people have died in the custody of the NYC Department of Correction so far in 2023. The story has been updated.
NEW YORK (PIX11) — A man died while in custody at Rikers Island on Sunday, according to New York City’s Department of Correction.
Curtis Davis, 44, had been in the custody of the DOC since June 1. Officials said Davis was discovered unresponsive in his cell around 5 a.m. Medical care was immediately given to Davis, a DOC spokesperson said. However, he was pronounced dead around 5:30 a.m.
The medical examiner will determine Davis’ cause of death, according to the DOC.
In 2022, 19 people died while in DOC custody. Davis is the seventh person to die this year and the fourth person to die in July, according to advocates for those who are incarcerated.
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