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Former Israeli PM Sharon dies

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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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