REPORTS: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Is Dead …Update: Khamenei Makes Appearance
Report: Iranian Supreme Leader Is Dead–
The Ayatollah was hospitalized earlier this week.
Rumors are swirling on social media that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has passed away from prostrate cancer.
Unconfirmed: Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei has died today
— m.anna (@aslimmisin) March 8, 2015
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is hospitalized in serious condition. May be suffering from prostrate cancer.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is currently hospitalized in serious condition at a hospital in Tehran, according to unofficial reports.
Khamenei is suffering from prostate cancer that has reportedly spread to the rest of his body.
Earlier this week, the French newspaper Le Figaro quoted Western intelligence officials as saying that the cancer was discovered about ten years ago. “The cancer is in stage four, in other words has spread.” Doctors estimate “he has two years left to live.”
On September 8, Khamenei underwent surgery and it was then that doctors discovered the fatal situation.
In Iran, however, his condition is not public, and only those close to him know how bad the situation is. One such person is one of his six children, his 45-year-old son Mugtaba Khamenei, who has major political clout in the country.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) March 5, 2015
UPDATE: Khamenei reportedly made a public appearance today.
Arutz Sheva reported:
Iran’s Supreme Leader makes public appearance Sunday to stop death rumors – but it is unclear when the footage was taped.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is alive, the semi-official Fars news agency reports Sunday, and made a public appearance in Tehran to dispel “Israeli-driven” rumors of his death.
Khamenei appeared alive and healthy in his address to environment activists and state officials, broadcasted on state television Sunday, where he pushed reduction of air and water pollution, among other measures.
However, it is unclear when the footage was recorded – and while state media says outright that the appearance was to dispel rumors of his death, it remains unclear whether he acknowledged these rumors within the address itself.