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Ariel Sharon: dies after 8 years in coma

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Top news coming in to San Francisco today is about Ariel Sharon.

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Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel, died on Saturday. He was 85 years old.

Sharon had been in a coma for around eight years when he died, says ABC 7 Local in San Francisco.

Known as one of the most famous of Israel's generals, Sharon became known for his famous battle tactics. He was also "a driving force in building settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip," reports Newser.com

CNN says: "The Israeli statesman was a national war hero to many Israelis for his leadership, both in uniform or as a civilian, during every Israeli war."

He was first elected prime minister of Israel back in 2001.

"That is sad news but at least he lived to be a great age," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler. "I know he was known for getting things done and was given the nickname of "The Bulldozer."

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See the slideshow and video that accompany this article. The pictures are of his son, Gilad Sharon, visiting his mother's grave and giving a press conference.

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Sources: ABC 7 News and CNN

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