JERUSALEM - Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died at 85 on Saturday, after eight years in a coma, Israeli media reports said.
Sharon, one of the country's most prominent military and political leaders for decades, served as prime minister between 2001 and 2006.
He suffered a massive stroke while campaigning for re-election on January 4 2006, in a race he had been tipped to win. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse on Jan 1 this year when he suffered serious kidney problems after surgery.
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