Damian Dignan, the man who accused Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse has died after a long illness.
Dignan’s death was announced by his former partner Sharon Rixon, on Facebook, describing him as her “best friend and the father of my children”.
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“It’s hard to say goodbye, but [you’re] pain free now and that’s the best thing we could hope for,” Ms Rixon wrote.
The death of Dignan could potentially affect court proceedings against the cardinal who is on a leave of absence as Vatican treasurer to fight police charges in his native Australia.
Last June, police charged Cardinal Pell with historical offences from “multiple complainants” after Mr Dignan aired allegations against him in a television interview in March 2016.
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