Former state legislator and Whitley County High School teacher DeWayne Bunch has died.
He was 50.
This comes more than a year after Bunch sustained head injuries while breaking up a fight at the high school in Williamsburg, where he'd taught math and science for 17 years.
Bunch died at Oak Tree Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky.
He spent time at a rehab facility in Georgia, finally regaining his ability to speak in April and was transferred back to a hospital in Kentucky in September.
The former state representative stepped down last year. His wife later took his position.
The teacher also served in the Kentucky National Guard for 23 years, and was awarded the Bronze Star in 2006.
There is no word yet on whether the two students involved in the fight that caused Bunch's injuries will be charged further.
The following is a statement from Governor Steve Beshear on Bunch's passing:
“Jane and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of former Representative Dewayne Bunch. In his time with us in Frankfort, he shared many of our goals for a better Kentucky, especially in improving education. He was a dedicated teacher and legislator, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, particularly his wife Regina, who is serving admirably in her husband’s position as state legislator."