Loss of cardiothoracic surgeon mourned

A cardiothoracic surgeon allegedly punched outside his workplace after telling someone to stop smoking has died.

Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann's distraught family on Wednesday asked for space and privacy while they digested the news and dealt with its aftermath.

"Our family is devastated by Patrick's passing," they said in a statement on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old husband and father to twin girls was hit in full view of CCTV at the Box Hill Hospital entrance on May 30 after he asked someone to stop