Lebanese prominent Shiite Cleric dies of illness

10:07, July 05, 2010      

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Lebanese prominent Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah died Sunday at the age of 75.

Medical sources confirmed that Fadlallah died from internal bleeding at Beirut's Bahman Hospital in Beirut's Shiite-inhabited southern suburb Dahiya.

He had been hospitalized for several times in the last few months. On Friday, he was admitted to intensive care as his health deteriorated.

An official at Fadlallah's office told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that Ayatollah suffered from a second internal bleeding on Saturday after the first one on Friday.

Fadlallah was a supporter of Iran's Islamic Revolution and the spiritual leader and mentor of Lebanon's Shiite armed group Hezbollah in the first years after it was formed in 1982.

Hezbollah said in a statement that Fadlallah "was one of the greatest supporters of Islamic unity, combating division and strife."

Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri also presented his condolences to the Arab and Islamic world over the death of the Ayatollah, calling him "one of the biggest supporters for unity among Muslims."

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