The national vice president of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South-South zone, Eddie Bekom, passed away on Sunday July 16th at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
Mr Bekom, was until his death receiving medical treatment following injuries he sustained in the domestic gas explosion which occurred at his family home in Ikom, Cross River State on July 1.
His wife and son died in the explosion while three of his remaining children are still on admission, with one in critical condition.
The Ebonyi State chairman of SWAN, Chukwuemeka Opara, who confirmed the development expressed regret that all efforts made to save Mr. Bekom’s life, after the death of two of his family members, failed.
“In this moment of utmost grief, we commiserate with the entire SWAN family and pray that God gives us all and the entire Bekom family the fortitude to bear these irreparable losses.” he said.
“We use this opportunity to thank the Ebonyi state government for pledging to offset the entire bills of treating the Bekom family, the management and staff of FETHA, SWAN members, other journalists among others who through prayers and financial contribution.”
Mr. Bekom was a presenter with the Cross River Broadcasting Service, Ikom.