(CNN)The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, a well-known critic of his country’s rightwing government, died on Monday, one day after he was stabbed by a man who rushed on stage during an open-air charity event.
Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in the heart on stage
Thousands of people witnessed Sunday’s attack on Pawel Adamowicz, 53, who was rushed to hospital where he underwent a five-hour long operation before succumbing to his injuries. He was stabbed in the heart and stomach.
The brazen attack took place during the finale of a children’s hospital charity event, known as the Great Orchestra of Christmas, when Adamowicz was thanking everyone who had helped raise funds for medical equipment.