Reports from Israel say former prime minister and military leader Ariel Sharon’s condition has worsened and is “life threatening”.
The 85-year-old who served as PM for five years has been in a coma after suffering the second of two strokes in 2006. He has been in a persistent vegetative state since then.
Israeli media sources are reporting he has suffered renal failure leading to a worsening in his condition.
Officials at the hospital outside Tel Aviv where he is being treated refused to comment while government sources have also remained silent.
It’s understood his sons are at his bed side while one report claimed the former prime minister could die in “a matter of days” if his condition continued to decline.
During a lengthy career Sharon was a highly controversial figure among many factions both inside and outside Israel.