Iran's influential1 cleric politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of heart disease on Sunday.
Rafsanjani, 82, was hospitalized on Sunday due to a heart attack, but the medication attempts were not successful, local reports said.
In his message on Sunday, Iran's Supreme2
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed grief over the sudden demise3
of an old friend, fellow and ally during the 1979 Islamic revolution and close colleague during the post-Islamic revolution period, according to Press TV.
Khamenei said that Rafsanjani's loss is overwhelming and very hard to bear as he was a reliable support for the leadership of the country.
On Rafsanjani's demise, President Hassan Rouhani's administration announced three mourning days. The announcement also said that all the governmental institutions would be closed on Tuesday for the funeral ceremony.
Born in August 1934 in Iran's Bahreman, Rafsanjani was an influential politician, religious scholar and the confidant of Ayatollah Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini, the late founder4
of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
He was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 till 2011, but then he decided5
not to nominate himself for the post. He is also the incumbent6
chairman of the Expediency7
Discernment Council of the Establishment.