Columbus Firefighter struck by lightning in 2014, has died

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Stu Tudor, a Columbus fire fighter who was struck by lightning at a Columbus Crew game in 2014, has died.

According to the Columbus Division of Fire, Tudor died early this morning.

The lightning strike left him paralyzed and unable to talk. He was in a coma for weeks.

In June of 2015, Tudor was interviewed by NBC4 about his recovery.

“I feel fine, but I just want to walk,” said Tudor in 2015, sitting in a wheelchair outside the Hilliard nursing home where he lived after the lightning strike. “I want to move, I want to get up and move … I can’t move.”

He was at a Columbus Crew game on June 28 in 2014 when a storm rolled in. While he crossed the parking lot, he was hit by the bolt from the black, stormy sky.

“Life has not been the same, we forget what life used to be sometimes…before this happened,” she said. “It was bad, it was the hardest year of our life.”

There is no word on the cause of Tudor’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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