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CBC journalist dies after being assaulted on Toronto street

A veteran CBC journalist and editor died after a random attack in Toronto and is being remembered today as an "exceptional storyteller."

Toronto police said the incident occurred on January 24, around 3:30 p.m., in the area of Danforth and Jones Avenues. According to a CBC report, the victim, Michael Finlay died last night as a result of medical complications following the attack.

Officers said the victim was walking along Danforth Avenue when he was assaulted by another man.

According to police, the victim fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries. Officers said the suspect fled the scene.

In a statement released today, Chuck Thompson, CBC's head of public affairs, said Finlay will be remembered as an "exceptional storyteller, documentarian and editor."

Police are now searching for a man in his 20s, six feet tall and of slim build. He was seen wearing a red paper mask with flames, a black sweater and black pants.

Toronto police said the force knows the victim "has since tragically passed away," adding that the investigation is "ongoing."

Finlay worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker at CBC for 31 years.

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