Ariel Sharon, ex-PM of Israel, died after being in a coma for 8 years. Sharon, 85, passed away at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv. He was in the fifth year of his prime ministership when he had suffered a massive stroke in 2006, which left him comatose.
The Israeli statesman was a national hero to many Israelis for his leadership during every Israeli war but many in the Arab world call him "the Butcher of Beirut" after he supervised the 1982 Israel invasion of Lebanon.
He was a part of many defining events in the Middle East, including his decision to turn over Gaza and parts of the West Bank to Palestinian control. Throughout, he was called "The Bulldozer," a fearless leader who got things done. Ehud Olmert, who became interim prime minister after Sharon's stroke, became the prime minister after leading the Kadima Party to an electoral victory in March 2006.