The attorney in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration who was struck by a stray bullet last week has died after being taken off life support, his family said. A family spokesman said Carey Gabey, 43, was taken off a respirator earlier Wednesday. The family earlier reported Gabay had been declared brain dead.

"He was a prince among men," friend and family spokesman Errol Cockfield, Jr. via an e-mail to USA TODAY late Wednesday.

Gabay had been in critical condition at the Kings County Hospital Center since he was shot in the head early Sept. 7, when police say he was seeking cover from gang-related gunfire that rang out as he walked along a Brooklyn street. In a statement Wednesday, Gabay’s family said he was officially declared brain dead late Tuesday night.