Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies

Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of the essential turning points in its history.

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

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Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a towering figure in the history of Israel as a soldier and politician, died on Saturday. He was 85.

In a NPR report, his death was announced by Shlomo Noy, the director of Sheba Medical Center where Sharon was being treated. Sharon had been in a coma since he suffered a massive stroke in January 2006 during the last Israeli election campaign, in which he was assured of re-election.

Governor Pence issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence met privately with former Prime Minister Sharon during a congressional delegation trip to Israel in 2004.

“Today, we mark the passing of Ariel Sharon, a soldier and a leader who served the nation of Israel in times of war and peace. Prime Minister Sharon dedicated his life to the security and well-being of our most cherished ally and he will forever be remembered with respect by her people and her friends. Our prayers are with his loved ones and all those who mourn the passing of this warrior and leader of Israel.”

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