Ex-Israel PM Ariel Sharon dead: Media

AFP , Saturday 11 Jan 2014

File Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office, Sunday May 16, 2004 (Photo: AP)

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died at a hospital near Tel Aviv on Saturday, aged of 85, after spending eight years in a coma, Israeli media said.

There was no immediate confirmation from Sheba hospital, where he was being treated, with a spokesman announcing a statement would be given at 3:00 pm (1300 GMT).

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