A British man who was critically injured when he tried to save a fellow backpacker as she was stabbed in a knife attack in Australia has died.
Thomas Jackson, 30, went to the aid of Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, as she was repeatedly knifed and killed at Home Hill, Queensland, last Friday.
He suffered critical head injuries as he went to her aid and police described his actions as “selfless”, reports the Press Association.
Jackson’s father, Les, said: “We are bereft. Our darling Tom has left us and the world is a poorer place.”
Jackson, a freelance journalist, had been on life support since the attack.
Smail Ayad, 29, is alleged to have stabbed Ms Ayliffe-Chung and to have caused the injuries which led to Jackson’s death at the Shelley’s Backpackers accommodation in Home Hill, as well as harming 12 police officers.
Police previously said that they were investigating whether Ayad had an “obsession” with Ms Ayliffe-Chung.
Last week Jackson’s father released a statement saying they were “immensely proud of Tom”.
“His actions in response to this horrific attack only add to that sense of pride.
“As a family we have been comforted by the help and support offered by our friends and family at home and in Australia who have been wonderful.”