Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at the age of 82.
It follows reports on Sunday that Mr Rafsanjani had been hospitalised with a heart condition in Tehran.
The ex-leader’s death was confirmed by state media who reported that he had suffered a heart attack.
Mr Rafsanjani was Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997 and has often been cited as being a “kingmaker” and noted for his influential role in his country’s turbulent politics which earned him a host of nicknames such as “Akbar Shah”, or “Great King”.
The former leader was also head of the Expediency Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and won a seat on the clerical body that will one day decide Khamenei’s successor last year.