Sunday, July 04, 2010

Shiite cleric Fadlallah dies

Lebanon's top Shiite cleric and influential sheik has died after an illness. He was 75.

An official at Behnam hospital south of Beirut, where Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was being treated, confirmed his death today. He spoke on condition of anonymity, pending an official announcement.

Fadlallah's media office didn't confirm the statement but says an important announcement is being prepared.

Fadlallah was in hospital for the past two weeks but his condition deteriorated on Friday when complications from a liver problem led to an internal hemorrhage.

The Iraqi-born Fadlallah has followings in Lebanon and Iraq. He was described as a spiritual leader of the militant Hezbollah, a claim both he and the group denied.

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