From The Australian:
FORMER Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died at a hospital near Tel Aviv last night, aged 85, after spending eight years in a coma.
Confirmation of the death came early today. “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,” Professor Shlomo Noy told a news conference.
Despite multiple efforts to halt stabilise him, he passed away yesterday afternoon at about 1200 GMT (11PM AEDT), the hospital said.
“He’s gone; he went when he decided to go,” his son Gilad told reporters at the hospital, in remarks carried by Channel 2 television.
The health of Mr Sharon had worsened in preceding days, with hospital officials describing him as being in “extremely critical” condition.
“Over the past hours, there has been a worsening of the condition of former prime minister Ariel Sharon. His condition is described as extremely critical and his family is at his side all the time,” said a statement from Sheba hospital on Thursday.
Mr Sharon has been in a coma since January 4, 2006 after suffering a massive stroke, but his condition took a sudden turn for the worse on January 1 when he suffered serious kidney problems after surgery.
The long-time leader of the right-wing nationalist camp in Israeli politics, Mr Sharon had a stroke on January 4, 2006, slipping into a coma from which he has never recovered.
Following an extraordinary and controversial career stretching back more than half a century, Mr Sharon became convinced Israel needed to separate from the Palestinians and unilaterally determine its own borders.
An Israeli Right-Wing NATIONALIST; what a hero! If he were any other non-Jewish “Right-Wing Nationalist” they’d be spitting venom at the guy…. Oh well, at least with Jews there are never any double standards!! Hahahaha!!!!