A former elite swimming coach accused of historical child abuse offences in Queensland has died in custody, authorities have confirmed.

John Reginald Wright was in custody on remand after being charged with the offences, alleged to have occurred in the 1980s, following his arrest in October last year.

Police charged Mr Wright, 79, with nine counts of indecent treatment of boys under the age of 17 and one count of common assault.

The offences were alleged to have occurred in the Brisbane and Rockhampton areas between 1980 and 1986.

A Queensland Corrective Services spokeswoman confirmed the elderly man died in the Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit in Brisbane on Tuesday night.

“QCS will assist Queensland Police in preparing a report for the coroner, who will determine the cause of death,” the spokeswoman said.

“This is standard practice for all deaths in custody.”

A cause of death has not been determined.

Mr Wright made a name for himself training elite swimmers in Australia and overseas for decades.

He was extradited from Western Australia to Queensland to face the charges following a lengthy police investigation into allegations of the alleged sexual abuse.

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