Doors open at Christ Medical

Dr. Eihab Tawfik.

Dr. Eihab Tawfik, bankrupt owner of the shuttered Christ Medical Center and Diabetes Treatment Center near Crystal River, died Sunday.

He was 44, according to his obituary.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed Tawfik’s death on Tuesday, but has yet to release details about it.

Tawfik filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2018 to negotiate his debts without having to liquidate his assets, after a bank began foreclosing that February on his diabetes center next to his Christ Medical Center on State Road 44.

A U.S. bankruptcy court in Jacksonville appointed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in September to take over Tawfik’s business operations in order to repay its debts and loans.

According to prior reports, $2.6 million in Tawfik’s medical equipment and properties were secured by bank loans, and Tawfik had an additional $6 million in unsecured debt.

Tawfik also had other legal issues pending in court.

Tawfik was licensed as a doctor in the state since May 2005, and still had an active license at the time of his death, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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