Melbourne heart surgeon dies for telling man to stop smoking

A Melbourne heart surgeon has lost his fight for life, a month after he was allegedly punched outside a hospital.

Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann had told a man to stop smoking outside his Box Hill Hospital on May 30, when he was allegedly attacked.

The 41-year-old from Thornbury was rushed to the trauma centre at The Alfred Hospital, where he remained for the past four weeks.


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Victoria Police have this morning confirmed, Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann has died from his injuries.

“Police previously charged a 22-year-old Mill Park man with intentionally causing serious injury in relation to the incident on 30 May,” the Police statement reads.

“The investigation remains with Whitehorse Crime Investigation Unit under the oversight of the Homicide Squad.

“Investigators will now await the results of a post mortem before reviewing charges.