Top doctor dies after violent home invasion

A top doctor has died after a violent home invasion, as police desperately search for a gang of suspects believed to be behind a multi-day crime spree.

Michael Yung, 61, died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Tuesday after he was left in a coma from the attack in his home at Gilberton in Adelaide's inner north.

Police searched the area after they were called to reports of a break-in and assault soon after 4am on Monday but were unable to find the culprits.

"This is an absolute tragedy," SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said on X, formerly Twitter. 

"I know the full resources of SAPOL are investigating this shocking crime and the state government stands ready to provide any additional resources needed to assist in the investigation."

Investigators were following "positive lines of inquiry" with all resources of Major Crime devoted to piecing together the events leading up to the attack, Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

At least five people were seen driving around in a black BMW and attempting to break into houses in the area early on Monday morning. 

They are also believed to have stolen a car from West Lakes, about 11km away in the city's west.

Suspects were seen on camera at the front of Dr Yung's home attempting to open his son's car about the time of the incident.

Dr Yung's son, who was at the premises at the time of the attack, was "distraught" but thankfully uninjured, Det Supt Bray said.

Detectives believe the attack is connected to up to 15 incidents, including attempted break-ins and car thefts, across Adelaide in the past few days.

The investigation was still in its initial stages.

"I hope that we can get an outcome for the family in this matter but that doesn't take away the terrible suffering that the family are experiencing at the moment," Det Supt Bray told reporters on Tuesday.

Tributes have flowed for Dr Yung, who was head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital's paediatric intensive care medical unit.

"He is respected and much loved for the work that he does," Police Minister Joe Szakacs said. 

"I, as a dad with young children, have spent some significant time in the emergency department of Women's and Children's and the care with which our clinicians undertake their role in support of our families is extraordinary. 

"This is a horrible, horrible set of circumstances and I'm heartened to see the outpouring of support that has been offered at this really troubling and difficult time."

SA Health Minister Chris Picton said it was an incredibly sad day for the state's health family.

"Dr Michael Yung has been there for so many South Australian children and families at their darkest times - now it is time for all of us to be there for him and his family," he wrote on X.

Women's and Children's Health Network acting chief executive Rebecca Graham, in a note to staff, said Dr Yung would be greatly missed by the many families he had supported.

In lieu of flowers, she urged people to donate to the Kathryn Browne-Yung Scholarship fund Dr Yung set up in his late wife's honour.

"We thank our colleagues at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for providing our valued colleague with such compassionate care, but sadly his injuries were too great," Ms Graham said.

Dr Yung died surrounded by his family, she said.

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