Older push victim identified as voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern

The 87-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries a random push attack Saturday was identified by her family as a famous vocal coach whose students included Blondie singer Debbie Harry.

Barbara Maier Gustern, who was pushed to the ground by a younger woman in Chelsea, remains unconscious with a serious brain injury. said her grandson on Facebook.

Your attacker remains at large.

Surveillance footage of the suspect who attacked Gustern.

“She sustained traumatic damage to the left side of her brain and was unconscious at all times,” her grandson, AJ, wrote. “She’s intubated and we don’t know how much she can breathe on her own.

“If she wakes up, she will most likely have speech problems and may not be able to move her right side,” he said. “It’s a very serious injury.”

He said he was “incredibly broken inside” by the senseless attack.

Police said Gustern was walking on West 28th Street near Ninth Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday when she was pushed from behind in an unprovoked attack.

Her redheaded assailant left the scene, but the NYPD released surveillance footage of the heartless creep and is on the lookout for her.

Guster spoke to The Post about her career in a 2020 report as she celebrated her 85th birthday by performing in a concert with her former students – including Harry, Heidi Rodewald and Stew.

“I wanted to do something good for the world, and I know her work,” she said at the time. “Some bad things have happened to me, but I’ve had a wonderful life.”

Once an aspiring Broadway singer from Indiana, Gustern later became a highly respected and successful singing teacher.

“Do what you can for those around you, no matter how small,” her grandson said in his Facebook post. “Take your time. Preventing unnecessary loss and violence like this starts with us as individuals. We need to take care of each other more.” Older push victim identified as voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern


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