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Friends: Man who survived Pulse nightclub shooting found dead at party

Chris Brodman in a June 21 interview with CBS affiliate WKMG

CBS affiliate WKMG

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man who was inside the Pulse nightclub the morning a mass shooting left 49 dead and dozens more wounded on June 12 was found dead early Sunday morning, a medical examiner confirms to CBS affiliate WKMG.

The station reports that Chris Brodman’s friends say he passed away while attending a birthday party in the Tampa area. The medical examiner says his cause of death is under investigation.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that it responded to a home after receiving reports of a man unconscious at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not yet released the name of the man who died.

Pulse survivor Orlando Torres said he notified by Brodman’s boyfriend that Brodman had died.

“It was supposed to be a fun night. They were supposed to go out there and just, you know, have a fun night out there in Tampa,” said Torres. 

Torres said that Brodman was given a second chance at life, only to have his life cut short three months after the Pulse shooting.

“It’s unfortunate this had to happen to someone that is just so sweet and nice and didn’t deserve it, like anybody else,” said Torres.

Brodman, who allowed WKMG to film when he got a tattoo as a tribute to the Pulse victims, described the attack in an interview with the station.

“We went out to the patio to have a cigarette, and we were out there when the shots started to be fired,” said Brodman. “I said, ‘Run. Just run, run, run.’”

Investigators told the station Monday that the man’s body did not show any signs of physical violence, but said an investigation is ongoing.