American injured in Palestinian suicide bombing 7 years ago dies of wounds, wife saysBy AP
Friday, June 4, 2010
American hurt in 2003 Hamas bombing dies of wounds
JERUSALEM — The wife of a U.S. citizen seriously injured in a Palestinian suicide bombing seven years ago says he has died as a result of complications from his wounds.
Julie Averbach says her husband, 44-year-old New Jersey native Steve Averbach, died in his sleep on Thursday.
A Hamas suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 when he detonated his explosives on a packed commuter bus in Jerusalem in May 2003, at the height of the Palestinian intifada uprising.
Averbach was hit by shrapnel and paralyzed from the neck down.
Julie Averbach said on Friday that her husband was periodically hospitalized in the years since the attack and that his condition had worsened in recent months.
The family lives in a suburb of Tel Aviv.