Israel’s Elder Statesman and Nobel Peace Laureate Shimon Peres Dies at 93

Shimon Peres
Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres. Credit: Sebastian Scheiner, AP

Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, suffered a major stroke from which he never recovered.

Barely two weeks after suffering a major stroke, former Israeli president and unwavering voice for peace Shimon Peres passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Peres’ family delivered a farewell statement to the press just after 7 A.M. at the Sheba Medical Center.

“Today with deep sorrow we bid farewell to our beloved father, the 9th president of Israel,” Peres’ son Chemi said.

“Our father’s legacy has always been to look to tomorrow. We were privileged to be part of his private family, but today we sense that the entire nation of Israel and the global community share this great loss. We share this pain together.”

His funeral is set to be held on Friday, official sources told reporters, and will be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Shimon Peres had been hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer since suffering the stroke. His condition had been serious but stable, until it suffered a serious deterioration on Tuesday and he passed away, surrounded by his family.

Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians. Peres held virtually every senior political office in Israel, including three terms as prime minister and stints as foreign and finance minister over a seven-decade career.

Before his death, Simon Peres was twice hospitalized for heart problems but quickly released earlier this year. contributed to this report.

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