A longtime CBC radio producer who was the victim of a random assault in Toronto last week has died, the public broadcaster confirms.
On Wednesday, CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson identified the victim of the assault. Danforth and Jones Avenues January 24, as former producer Michael Finlay.
Finlay died Tuesday from injuries sustained during the incident, Thompson said.
Last week, police said the suspect was walking down Danforth Avenue when he encountered and assaulted the victim. The victim fell to the ground and was seriously injured.
wednesday morningpolice confirmed the victim had died “tragically” but did not provide further details.
“Michael will be remembered as an extraordinary storyteller, documentary maker and editor,” Thompson said. He was experiencing the pinnacle of craft. ”
In a statement, the CBC said Finlay spent 31 years with public broadcasting before retiring in 2010.
According to a statement, Finlay was the “powerhouse” of the documentary “Dispatches” and also worked as an editor for “The World at Six” during his tenure at CBC.
“Michael was a strong believer in writing, story and structure. Every reporter he worked with said his stories were better because of Michael.” written in the statement.
Police said they did not consider the assault a homicide at this point and that an autopsy should be conducted.
Police have previously released surveillance images of suspects in assault investigations.
The suspect is male, approximately 6 feet tall and slim in his twenties. When he was last seen, he was wearing a red paper mask with flames on it, a black sweater, and black pants.