Shimon Peres, former Israel PM, dies at 93
Peres was the last surviving founding father of Israel. Photograph: (AFP)
Two-time former Israel prime minister and president Shimon Peres died today, aged 93, his doctor told AFP.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate had suffered a stroke on September 13. He had been admitted to a hospital near Tel Aviv and was being kept under sedation and respiratory support in intensive care..
Peres' son-in-law, Rafi Walden, said he died at around 3 am. He died surrounded by family members, AFP reported.
A press conference would be held in which further details would be provided, Walden told AFP.
US President Barack Obama said in a statement: "A light has gone out".
"There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves, Obama said. "My friend Shimon was one of those people."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "There were many things we agreed upon, and the number grew as the years passed. But we had disagreements, a natural part of democratic life."
"Shimon won international recognition that spanned the globe. World leaders wanted to be in his proximity and respected him. Along with us, many of them will accompany him on his last journey to eternal rest in the soil of Jerusalem," Netanyahu added.
World figures are expected to attend his funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, including US President Barack Obama, Prince Charles and Pope Francis.
Peres was the last surviving founding father of Israel.
(WION with inputs from agencies)