Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: “I can confirm that 22 year old Darren O’Neill, who was admitted to hospital following an incident at Tyrella Beach near Newcastle on Thursday, June 27, has died.
“I would like to offer my sympathy to the family and friends of Darren at this very sad time.
“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding Darren’s death.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1913 27/06/19.”
A 21 year old man has been charged to appear at court in July for grievous bodily harm in relation to this incident.
A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course to determine the cause of death.