Cops Investigate Sudden Death of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor at Birthday Party
Chris Brodman posed for news crews when he got a tattoo commemorating the Pulse victims
Authorities are investigating the unexpected death of a 34-year-old Florida man who survived the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, PEOPLE confirms.
Chris Brodman died early Sunday morning while in Tampa for a friend’s birthday party, according to a statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
“Preliminary findings showed no physical signs of homicidal violence,” the statement reads. “The final conclusion of the official cause of death is pending additional forensics and toxicology examination by the Medical Examiner’s Office.”
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Police were called to the Sunday morning bash by Brodman’s friends, and when officers arrived, they found the Pulse survivor unconscious and unresponsive.
After escaping the June 12 shooting that killed 49 and left 53 others seriously wounded, Brodman posed for news crews when he got a tattoo to commemorate his second chance at life.
Cord Cedeno, Brodman’s boyfriend, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Brodman’s funeral costs.
Brodman “was the love of my life,” Cedeno writes. “We went to a birthday party out of town and he was killed and the circumstances of how he died [are] still unknown and being investigated. The funds raised will be used to cover funeral costs including services at the funeral home, burial, and installation of a headstone.”
Cedeno added: “No one deserved to die like he did and making sure his memory lives on is my main goal. I won’t let whoever did this take away what an amazing person he was and the memories we made together. He deserves justice. Our families are working together to make sure he is laid to rest in peace and remembered for the kind and good man he was.”