Tehran: Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has reportedly died following a massive heart attack. He was 82 and was admitted in a top hospital in Iranian capital following heart attack where he spent his final hours.
He was one of the foremost leaders of Iran who advocated moderate views on the issues of relationship with the West. He did it at a time when the Iranian clergy and armed forces advocated very tough posturing against the US, calling it shaitan-e-akbar or the biggest evil in the world.
Leading Iranian news agency IRNA reported that the Shiite nation will mourn his death for three days. Iran will observe three days of public mourning to mark death of Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani…Ayatollah Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 89 due to a heart attack in a Tehran hospital…Rafsanjani, a veteran Iranian cleric, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution and a leading politician, served in different positions in the post-1979 Islamic Revolution era” said the report.
Rafsanjani who was the president of Iran from 1989 to 1997, was taken to hospital in Tehran with heart problems.
Born in the year 1934 Rafsanjan was the fourth president of Iran who was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011 when he decided not to nominate himself for the post. During the Iran–Iraq War Rafsanjani was the de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military and was elected chairman of the Iranian parliament in 1980 and served until 1989. It is said that Rafsanjani played an important role in the choice of Ali Khamenei as Supreme Leader.
Not just his influence had grown since his ascent to power, but also his fortunes. Reports suggest that at one time his net worth was estimated to be in excess of of $1billion.