Prominent Bulawayo based economist Eric Bloch (75) has died. Nehanda Radio understands Bloch passed away Saturday evening.
A chartered accountant by profession, Bloch was a regular newspaper columnist who dedicated his life to analyzing Zimbabwe’s complex political and economic problems.
Only last year in September he was hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment after falling sick for over two weeks.
Family spokesperson and son, Mark, said his father had been ill for some time.
“Since my mother passed away a couple of years ago, his health has slowly been going,” he said.
“In December last year he was very ill and he collapsed. From that time he never fully recovered and had pneumonia and chest pains; he became thin and frail and lost almost 30 kilogrammes of his weight,” said Mark.
In July 2011, Eric Bloch’s wife Baileh died aged 75 after suffering a massive heart attack while having lunch.
The couple at the time had three sons, one daughter and 10 grandchildren.
Meanwhile tributes continue to flow for the man who was also well known for his TV role as a quizmaster.
Former Education Minister in the 2009-2013 coalition government David Coltart said “I am very sorry to hear that Eric Bloch has passed away. He was a true #Zimbabwean patriot who was always fair and spoke his mind boldly.”
Leading hotelier and businessman Dr Shingi Munyeza tweeted “Farewell to one of my mentors, friend and a true and patriotic Zimbabwean #EricBloch. RIP.”
Although funeral arrangements are yet to be officially announced, it is expected mourners will be gathered at Bloch’s home at Number 12 Coghlan Avenue in Khumalo, Bulawayo.
A funeral service will be held at the Jewish Cemetery, Donovan Street in North End, Bulawayo, on Wednesday at 10am.
Bloch was born on April 2, 1939 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and migrated to Bulawayo with his parents when he was a child.