Ariel Sharon dies after 8-year fight for his life

Netanyahu calls former PM ‘courageous warrior,’ lauds his ‘central role in the struggle for the security of Israel’ • Body to lie in state at Knesset today • State funeral planned for tomorrow at Negev ranch.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 11, 2014 21:46
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Former prime minister Ariel Sharon [file].

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon [file].. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad OP/AH)

 
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Sharon, one of the most important and controversial figures in Israel’s history, died on Saturday afternoon at Sheba Medical Center at the age of 85.

Sharon, who fought terrorists in his military career and rivals in politics, lost the final battle for his health more than eight years after the stroke that ended his six decades of public service.

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