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Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon dead - Army Radio

Published on Jan 11, 2014 8:45 PM
Ariel Sharon (pictured in this 2005 file photo), the former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he had a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, Israeli Army Radio said, quoting a relative of his family. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon died in hospital near Tel Aviv Saturday, aged 85, after eight years in a coma, drawing tributes from Israeli leaders but contempt from Palestinians.

"The Sheba Medical Centre in Tel HaShomer announces with sorrow the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon that was determined approximately an hour ago," senior doctor Professor Shlomo Noy told a news conference.

Sharon has been in a coma since January 4, 2006 after suffering a massive stroke.

His condition took a sudden turn for the worse on New Year's Day when he suffered serious kidney problems after surgery.

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