CLEARWATER - The man hit by lightning on Clearwater Beach Sunday has died.

32-year-old Garry Perks died days after he went into a cardiac arrest after being hit by the lightning strike at Clearwater Beach near Frenchy's Rockaway Grill. He was from New Port Richey, Florida.

According to Clearwater Fire Department Deputy Chief Marvin Pettingill, 7 other people were hurt following the lightning strike that took place around 12:30 p.m. the Clearwater Beach lifeguards all left their towers due to bad weather.