Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz dies after stabbing at charity event in Gdansk

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died in hospital after being stabbed at a charity event, officials say.

Dr Stefaniak said the coming hours would be decisive and asked for thoughts and prayers for the mayor, who has served since 1998.

While on stage, he reportedly shouted "Adamowicz is dead" and said the Civic Platform party, which led the previous government and had supported Mr Adamowicz's re-election, had wrongfully imprisoned him.

Speaking on the stage before he was arrested, the man accused the mayor's former party of putting him in prison and said he was tortured.

Adamowicz stood out for his initiatives to encourage migrants to seek refuge in the northern Polish city, and for his support of a protest campaign defending the rule of law in Poland against PiS efforts to increase its control over the judiciary and other bodies. Hello! My name is Stefan.

Adamowicz also advocated bringing wounded Syrian children to Gdansk for medical treatment, a plan, however, blocked by the Law and Justice government.

Surgeons said he was given 41 units of blood during a five-hour operation on Sunday.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak said there are "doubts" as to the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5-centimeter (5.5-inch) knife on Adamowicz, and that two psychiatrists will examine him.

The animation showed Owsiak as a clay figure being manipulated by a leading Civic Platform official who seized piles of cash that he collected, apparently suggesting the charity was a ruse to raise money for the opposition party.

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Gdansk is holding a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday.

Speaking on Monday, Poland's health minister confirmed Adamowicz had died from his injuries.

Suddenly, a man-described by the AP as a convicted criminal-rushed the stage and launched a frenzied stabbing attack on Adamowicz, who collapsed onto the ground.

The popular annual charity event for hospitals is traditionally cheerful and open, with celebrities, politicians and teenagers collecting money in the streets across Poland and also overseas.

He has been viewed as a progressive politician, supporting minority groups and the LGBT community.

He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken a year ago, strongly denouncing the vandalism. "Patel we are with you".

Top politicians in Poland and overseas condemned the knife attack.

The man shouted out at the crowd gathered at the annual fundraiser that the attack was an act of revenge against a political party Adamowicz had belonged to.

At the time, Law and Justice was in the opposition and Kaczynski blamed the attack on an "atmosphere of hate" under rival party Civic Platform.

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