Dr. Chris Towie


Age: 53


Summary: Australian outspoken general practitioner who became a fierce advocate for the rights of refugees and migrants after he was outraged when 79-year-old Aziza Agha, a Syrian-born grandmother visiting from Lebanon, died of a heart attack two days after immigration officials insisted she travel from Broadmeadows to Melbourne for a visa-related checkup despite his warnings that to do so would put her life at risk.



Cause of Death: Killed in a bushfire


Born: August 26, 1955


Died: February 7, 2009


Location: Reedy Creek, Australia