Ehud Netzer, age 76

November 4, 2010

Professor Ehud Netzer, one of Israel’s most renowned archeologists, marked for his discovery of King Herod’s tomb in 2007, died on Thursday after succumbing to wounds related to a recent accident at the famed archeological site.

Netzer was seriously injured after falling down a six-meter drop at the Herodium site on Monday, as a wooden banister he had leaned on suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem with a fractured skull and neck vertebrae.

In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “Netzer’s tragic death is a loss for his family, for research into the heritage of Israel and for archaeology.”

Professor Netzer’s funeral will take place on 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Kiryat Anavim cemetery.