Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies aged 93

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, listens during a meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem. Photo / AP
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, listens during a meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem. Photo / AP

Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres has died in Tel Aviv aged 93, the official government Israel News Agency reports.

Peres was in hospital after a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday.

Details of when the funeral will take place were not initially available.

Yesterday a person close to former Israeli President Shimon Peres said his condition had deteriorated, two weeks after suffering a major stroke.

The person did not disclose further details about Peres' worsening condition. He spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Peres' health with the media.

The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized two weeks ago after suffering a stroke that led to bleeding in his brain. He has been sedated and on a respirator during most of his hospitalization.

Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, one of the country's most admired leaders and the last surviving link to its founding fathers.

Over a seven-decade career, he has held virtually every senior political office, including three stints as prime minister.

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