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Coroner investigating in-custody death of Stanley Cup rioter

William Ryan Fisher, 30, was in pre-trial custody when he went into medical distress on the day he was scheduled to be transferred to federal prison.

A car burns behind a police officer after a riot broke out after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 15, 2011.

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A car burns behind a police officer after a riot broke out after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 15, 2011.

The BC Coroners Service says it is investigating the case of a 30-year-old man who died in hospital Thursday, less than a week after he was sentenced for crimes he committed during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

William Ryan Fisher, 30, was in custody at the North Fraser Pre-trial Facility and was scheduled to be transferred to Pacific Institution, a federal facility in Abbotsford, last Monday.

He was sentenced Feb. 19 to three years in prison after being found guilty on a series of charges including taking part in a riot, aggravated assault and break and enter.

According to the coroner, Fisher went into medical distress while still at the North Fraser Pre-trial Facility during the early morning hours last Monday.

He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for treatment, but died in hospital three days later, the coroner said.

There is no word on the cause of death.

British Columbia's Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said following his sentencing that Fisher's sentence was the toughest handed out for crimes committed during the melee.

With files from The Canadian Press.