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Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies

2014-01-11 14:08:15

Ariel Sharon
Mr Sharon courted controversy throughout his
long career

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Mr Sharon was a giant of the Israeli military and political scene, but courted controversy throughout his long career.

He was being treated at the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv. A hospital statement is expected shortly.

On Thursday doctors announced that Mr Sharon's condition had deteriorated.

The 85-year-old, who became PM in 2001, was suffering from a malfunction of several organs including the kidneys, they said.

He had been in a persistent vegetative state since a stroke in 2006.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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