Medical Examiner: Man Allegedly Attacked by Skateboarder Terry Kennedy Dies at Age 23

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 1, 2021

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy attends BET's "Being Terry Kennedy" skater's promotional event at North Hollywood Skate Park on October 11, 2010 in North Hollywood, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Josiah Kassahun, the man allegedly attacked by skateboarder Terry Kennedy at an Illinois motel Tuesday, has died from his injuries. He was 23.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the news to TMZ Sports on Sunday. Kennedy, who was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in a public place and threatening a public official, could now face a manslaughter or murder charge as a result of Kassahun's death, per TMZ.

No further information about what caused the alleged attack, which led Kassahun to suffer a fractured skull and concussion, has been released.

A police spokesperson told TMZ that Kennedy made nine threats to officers who apprehended and booked him into jail.

"I will kill one of you police. We kill police where I'm from," Kennedy said, according to the spokesperson.

Posts on social media showed Kennedy and Kassahun had hung out in the past, per TMZ.

Kennedy, 36, starred on the BET reality show Being Terry Kennedy in 2010. He also appeared on several MTV shows, including Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Viva La Bam.

The skateboarder, a native of Long Beach, California, was also one of the athletes on the roster for the video game Skate and its subsequent sequels.