A 20-year-old man has been charged over the attempted robbery of a shop in west Belfast on Monday.
Darren Valliday-Smyth, of no fixed abode, has been charged with attempted robbery, assault, and possession of a canister of CS gas.
During the incident, 75-year-old Sammy Crawford collapsed, suffering a suspected heart attack. He died on Wednesday morning.
Police have launched a murder inquiry after his death.
Mr Valliday-Smyth is alleged to have tried to steal a till from the newsagents on Cavendish Street.
The court was told a female shop keeper was sprayed in the face with what is believed to have been mace.
There was no application for bail and Mr Valliday-Smyth is due to reappear before the court via video link on the 11 November.
He was taken to the prison hospital, although there was no explanation why.