November, 2006 – Ariel Sharon is alive. He is in critical yet stable condition. Check the latest news on Ariel Sharon’s health and medical condition.

While it is widely agreed upon that Sharon’s chances of recovery are slim, today it is an undisputable fact that Ariel Sharon is alive. So how did the rumor about his death start?

According to Wikipedia, on January 5, 2006, following Sharon’s second and massive stroke, the hospital staff were preparing announcements of his death, and members of the media incorrectly reported that Ariel Sharon had already died.

Israel Insider reported on January 5, 2006 that “PM Ariel Sharon is Dead”, but a few hours later retracted this report, stating that, “Hospital sources rejected reports that PM Ariel Sharon died at 11 am.”

That same day, Middle East Newsline reported, “Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been felled by a massive stroke and his death could be announced within hours.” According to this news agency an official “who has been monitoring Sharon’s condition” predicted that Sharon’s chances to survive the stroke are close to nil.

An Arab news site, Islamic Republic of Iran Broacasting, was more conclusive, with a headline that read, “Ariel Sharon Dead.”

On Friday, January 6, 2006, World Tribune issued a special report, stating that, “Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 77, the most powerful Israeli leader in 50 years, has died … Sharon was declared dead by physicians at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital before 1 p.m. Israeli time.” World Tribune later updated this report, with this: “… subsequent wire reports said Sharon showed ‘significant improvement’ after five hours of emergency brain surgery Friday.” In other words, Ariel Sharon is dead; or maybe not.

This very powerful report by World Tribune was soon cited by several news sites. Outside The Beltway’s headline of January 6, 2006 read, “Ariel Sharon Deat at 77”. A few lines down they softened this bold headline, noting that, “GoogleNews and YahooNews still have him in surgery.”

On January 7, 2006, Israel Insider reported that U.S. discretely preparing for Ariel Sharon’s funeral.

And lastly, Liberty Post, Brutally Honest and The Jawa Report further circulated World Tribune’s report about Ariel Sharon’s death.

To conclude this rumor-tour, check the following page from Wikipedia, where they prepare the future story about Ariel Sharon’s death, titled Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies.

Please be sure to read the latest news on Ariel Sharon’s condition.

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