26 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:33 AM
Malawi Crime: Australian Pastor dead after attack
Salvation Army Pastor Major Geoff Friend from Australia who was attacked by unknown people in Malawi when he was on his preaching tour has died, Police say.
Police had a few week ago indicated that Friend got attacked when he was heading to Chichiri Shopping Mall from a hotel he was being accommodated in the commercial City of Blantyre.
He was attacked when he remained with two weeks to complete the tour.
Police Publicist James Kadadzera told the media of the attack and indicated the law enforcers were still probing the incident.
Mr Freind was put in an induced coma at a Johannesburg hospital, but died on Wednesday.
His wife and four sons had travelled to be by his side.
Mr Freind’s brother-in-law Peter Walker said his family was devastated.
“Geoff was a great family man, he loved his family,” he said.
“The family was the centre of his life.
“He was a great dad and he’s going to be terribly missed.
“None of us can believe what’s happened and we’re each coming to terms with that.
“It’s going to be a massive hole.”
Mr Walker said little was known about the circumstances of Mr Freind’s death but it was believed he was attacked by a group of people and sustained serious head injuries.
“We don’t have a lot of information and that’s not been our focus,” he said.
“We’ve been praying for a miracle but that’s not the news we’ve been able to announce today, we’re sorry.”
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