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Injured Man Dies Three Weeks After France Truck Attack, Bringing Toll to 85

by Phil Helsel and Reuters /
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This file photo taken on July 18, 2016, shows flowers, candles and messages laid at a makeshift memorial in Nice in tribute to the victims of the deadly attack on the Promenade des Anglais seafront.VALERY HACHE / AFP - Getty Images

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A man who lost his wife and son in a truck attack in French Riviera city of Nice three weeks ago died Thursday from injuries he suffered in the rampage — bringing the death toll to 85, authorities said.

Pierre Hattermann's wife Francoise and son were killed in the attack, and his 14-year-old daughter is still in hospital, according to French newspaper Nice Matin and other media.

"All my thoughts with the daughter, family and relatives of Pierre Hattermann who just died," regional council president Christian Estrosi said on his Twitter account.

Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel barreled a 19-ton truck into the crowd celebrating France’s Bastille Day on the seafront promenade on July 14. He was shot dead by police.

French President Francois Hollande called it a clear act of terrorism, but it has not been established that Bouhlel was tied to any terrorist group. Franc'es interior minister said it Bouhlel wasn't on any jihadi lists but it appears he was radicalized quickly. Five people suspected of being accomplices were later arrested in Nice.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said at the time that Bouhlel had planned the attack for months. Cameras caught Bouhlel doing two test runs in the days before the attack.

Three Americans, a Texas father and son and a California college student, were among those killed in the rampage.

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