The greengrocer punched by a cyclist in a road rage attack in Hove has died in hospital.
Tony Magdi, 52, of Portland Road , Hove , was suffering from an infection while being treated at Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre in Haywards Heath.
He had been in a coma for three weeks since being attacked across the road from his shop and home by the junction with Westbourne Gardens.
He had opened the door of his car in the path of three cyclists causing them to take avoiding action.
In the moments that followed, one of the cyclists attacked Mr Magdi, knocking him out.
He never regained consciousness.
His friend George Jeha and George’s wife Liz have been keeping friends and well-wishers up to date with Mr Magdi’s progress on a blog.
This morning they wrote: “I am so, so sorry to have to tell you that Tony died last night.
“The infection was too much for his body to withstand.
“Friends and family were able to visit him yesterday evening to say goodbye.
“As there is a criminal investigation going on, there will be a delay in funeral arrangements until an autopsy is performed.
“We will let you know what the arrangements will be as soon as we can, and then we will say goodbye to a good man.
“Thanking you for all your love and support.”
Later they issued a statement saying: “We are obviously deeply saddened by this tragedy and loss of a dear friend.
“We know Tony will be remembered and very much missed, especially in the Portland Road area of Hove, where his greengrocery was well-known.
“As one customer put it so beautifully he was ‘a gentle addition of kindness, generosity and caring threading through our community’.
“He loved being part of the neighbourhood.
“On behalf of all his friends and family, we want to thank that community, his staff and neighbours, who have been so supportive and helpful.
“Your thoughtfulness and caring are much appreciated.
“We also want to thank all the professionals who have helped us get through this difficult time, especially the medical team at the Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, who did their utmost for Tony, as well as the Sussex Police for their ongoing work.”
Mr Magdi’s shop closed while he was in hospital.
His friends and former customers have been leaving cards and flowers at the shop.
Detective Inspector Lee Horner said: “We will be conducting a post-mortem examination this week to establish the cause of death.
“I would like to thank the many members of the public who have assisted in this investigation.
“We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the friends and family of this exceptional local man whose death represents a huge loss to the local community.”
* Paul Lambeth, 35, of Stafford Road, Brighton, has been charged with attacking Mr Magdi, causing him grievous bodily harm. He is free on bail but has been ordered to wear an electronic tag by Brighton magistrates until his next appearance in court on Thursday 23 December.
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