A 26-YEAR-OLD Mortlake shearer who twice cut himself in accidents late Sunday afternoon has passed away.
A police spokesman said the shearer, who had been having a few drinks, cut himself at his Mortlake home late on Sunday afternoon.
He went to a neighbour's home where he tried to get help.
The man banged on the back door, then on a window, which broke, he fell through the window and badly cut himself.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said that service was called to a Mortlake address about 5.30pm to assist a man with cuts to an arm.
He was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital in a critical condition.
It is understood the shearer, originally from New Zealand, suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed into emergency surgery when he arrived at Warrnambool.
He survived surgery and was later on Monday morning flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
While in transit to Melbourne it is understood he suffered further complications.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the man was transferred via air ambulance helicopter to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he arrived soon after noon and was in a critical condition.
A police spokesman said the shearer passed away at 6.27pm on Monday in hospital.
Police will prepare a report for the Victorian Coroner.