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 smoking.

He was