Zimbabwean economist Eric Bloch’s wife Baileh has died. She was 75.
Bloch said Friday his wife suffered a “massive” heart attack on Thursday while having lunch.
“My wife passed on while we were having lunch, discussing about her flying overseas today to visit our children and grandchildren. Within two minutes after the heart attack, she died.” Bloch said. “I tried to give her mouth to mouth resuscitation but she wasn’t responding. I drove her to Materdei Hospital where they certified her dead.”
Bloch said they had been married for 50 years and had been engaged for five years before they got married.
The couple had three sons, one daughter and 10 grandchildren. Baileh was born in Lusaka, Zambia, moved to Livingstone when she was two years old, came to Zimbabwe aged 12 and spent 63 years of her life in this country.
“Baileh loved Zimbabwe. Although she was born in Zambia, Zimbabwe was her home,” Bloch said. Mourners are gathered at Bloch’s home at Number 12 Coghlan Avenue in Khumalo, Bulawayo. She will be buried on Tuesday at the Jewish cemetery in Northend. “She was a very loving wife and mother,” Bloch said.
She was very supportive and she loved to do community service for the general community especially children. She was adorable and many people loved her.”
Bloch said he was in pain but hoped God had his reasons.
“It is difficult to imagine life without her but God has his reasons,” Bloch said.