Via Jack Sasson- this sad news yesterday
At http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3975778,00.html is an article in Hebrew reporting that on October 26, Ehud Netzer fell at Herodion. He is currently in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, with head and neck injuries.
Ehud Netzer, 76, is Professor emeritus at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an expert on Herodian architecture and is part of a team that recently announced locating the tomb of Herod the Great in Herodium, south of Jerusalem.
UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post reported last night
Well-known Israeli archeologist Ehud Netzer remained in critical condition Wednesday at Hadassah-University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, two days after he suffered a serious fall during a dig at the Herodion archeological site in the West Bank. Netzer was reportedly leaning against a wooden railing on Monday when it gave way. He fell nearly 10 feet before landing – only to roll and fall an additional 10 feet. He suffered fractures in his cranium and vertebrae and was rushed to Hadassah in critical condition.
UPDATE II: This morning word from Jerusalem that Netzer has indeed passed away. This has been verified by multiple sources on the ground. After his fall he was declared brain dead. And now, he has expired. This is very sad news. Very sad indeed. He will be sorely missed.
UPDATE III: via Joseph Lauer- Ynet’s Update report (“Noted Israeli archaeologist passes away”) is at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3976590,00.html — “Professor Ehud Netzer, one of Israel’s most noted archeologists has passed away at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem on Thursday. Netzer was hospitalized in critical condition after a fall at the Herodian dig earlier this week. The professor’s family has requested to donate his organs. “He signed his organ donor card. Since he sustained his injuries the hospital made every effort to extend his life artificially in order to examine the viability of donating his organs”, family member Motti Ashkenazi told Ynet. His funeral will take place on Friday. (Dor Glick)”