A man who made it safely out of the Pulse nightclub after the shooting started in the early morning hours of June 12 was found dead at a birthday party last weekend, according to reports by The Advocate.
Chris Brodman, 34, was at a birthday party in Tampa early Sunday morning, when someone found his body in the backyard of a residence on Garden Lake Circle. Paramedics who reported to the scene at 1:17 a.m. attempted to resuscitate Brodman, but he was declared dead shortly afterward.
Officials with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Advocate in an email that the body showed no signs of violence and that the “final conclusion of the official cause of death is pending additional forensics and toxicology examination.”
Brodman had said that he was smoking a cigarette that night at Pulse nightclub when he heard the first gunshots ring out. He thought at first it was just the beat of the music, but when he saw the bloodied bodies began falling, he took cover under a table until he was able to run to safety across the street, according to the Advocate.
Brodman said later that surviving the shooting had given him a “new lease on life,” and that he intended to go back to school, travel abroad and live his life to the fullest. He had even gotten a tattoo over his heart to commemorate the victims at Pulse.