Yeshiva Head Drowns in U.K. Mikveh

Rabbi, aged 59, is thought to have suffered a heart attack during his visit to London, where he was raising money for the Jerusalem yeshiva, report says.

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The head of a Jerusalem yeshiva reportedly drowned in a Jewish ritual purification bath on Friday, shortly before Shabbat set in on the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill.

Rabbi Nathan Dunnett, 59, collapsed as he immersed in the mikveh, Israel Hayom daily reported Sunday. According to the report, he is thought to have suffered a heart attack.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene performed CPR on Dunnett, and took him to hospital, the report said, where he was pronounced dead.

Dunnett, a father and grandfather, was in Britain raising money for the Boyan Hassidic yeshiva Tifereth Israel in Jerusalem, of which he was the director, according to Israel Hayom. "He was a dear man, a pillar of his community," acquaintances of the rabbi were quoted as saying, "He brought out the best in his students and gave his all for his yeshiva and students."

Dunnett's body was due to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday morning, and taken to Jerusalem for a funeral, the report said.

A mikveh in the central Israeli city Elad (illustration)Credit: Nir Keidar