A former Hunter Valley priest accused of child abuse has died just weeks after charges against him were reinstated.
During a recent royal commission hearing into Newcastle's Anglican Diocese, abuse survivor CKA said he was abused by a priest known as CKC while he was an altar boy between 1971 and 1975.
A trial against CKC started in 2001, but the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ended up withdrawing the charges.
The case was no-billed when CKC's defence team produced a register showing the abuse could not have happened when CKA said it did.
But the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told last year charges would likely be reinstated on the back of fresh evidence.