Ex-Israeli president Peres dies at 93
Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died early Wednesday, a person close to him confirmed. Peres was 93.
Peres' condition worsened following a major stroke two weeks ago that led to bleeding in his brain. He was sedated and on a respirator during most of his hospitalization.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement mourning the passing of Peres.
President Barack Obama eulogized him as a man who represented "the essence of Israel itself." "A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever."
Former Presidents George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush also issued statements of mourning.
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