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Victim of gay bashing in Palm Springs has died unexpectedly

Victim of gay bashing in Palm Springs has died unexpectedly

Well-known gay rights activist George Zander died Thursday (10 December) in Palm Springs six weeks after he and his husband were attacked in what police say was a hate crime.

Zander, 71, was rushed to Desert Regional Medical Center early in the morning and died from unknown causes.

Chris Zander, the husband who was also injured in the attack but less severely, said in a Facebook post that he died ‘in loving arms and in very little pain.’

‘His passion and strength has paved the road for many of us to follow and build from. His legacy will live on forever. I love this man more than I love life itself. I can only assume that is what true love is.’

Zander had suffered a double hip fracture during the attack and required surgery and a several weeks-long stay at a rehabilitation facility.

His husband had posted on 23 November: ‘George is out of the recovery home and on the mend!!!!!!!!!! He will be walking the streets of Palm Springs again soon lol. He has his claws out so beware!!!!!!!!!’

Five days later, Chris Zander posted a photo of his husband giving a thumbs up at the Thanksgiving dinner table and wrote: ‘Turkey Day put some pep in his step.’

Zander was one of the founding members of the Desert Stonewall Democrats and was currently on the Palm Springs Police Department Advisory Board.

said Zander was rushed to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs early Thursday and he died sometime between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

‘This was sudden. This was unexpected,’ Desert Stonewall Democrats Chairwoman Ruth Debra told The Desert Sun. ‘All of us who are his friends are very sad and a little angry.’

Christopher James Carr and Keith Terranova have been arrested in the attack that occurred in the city’s gay commercial district over Halloween weekend.

Both have pleaded not guilty and remain in custody.