A man who was attacked while making a selfie in a hospital is to die in hospital.
Apostle George P. Brown died on Tuesday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Brown, 46, was being treated for injuries sustained when he was attacked by a man while taking a selfie at the Florida Hospital Center on Thursday, according the Tampa Tribune.
The man allegedly grabbed Brown’s throat and forced him to the ground while yelling homophobic slurs at the doctor, according police.
The doctor told police he didn’t know what to do.
When police arrived, they found Brown lying on the floor unconscious.
He had injuries to his throat and chest and was taken to a hospital, where he died at 4:48 a.m., the Tampa Police Department said in a statement.
“As you can imagine, the family is devastated,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in the statement.
“We cannot begin to imagine what he was going through.
We ask for your prayers and support.”
In a statement, Brown’s family said he had spent his entire life in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“He had a long and distinguished career as a doctor, and he was a deeply committed Christian,” the family said.
“He is a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his life’s work will never be forgotten.”
The church did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The victim’s name was not released.
The incident came just days after a man was assaulted in front of a New York City subway station and killed by an assailant who allegedly yelled homophobic slurs.