Former Iranian President passes on at 82

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Photo: Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot in a parliamentary election in Tehran on March 2, 2012. In the background is a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic.

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in hospital in Tehran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, state media reported.

State run Press TV said Rafsanjani died from a heart attack despite efforts by doctors to save him.

He was aged 82.

Rafsanjani was an influential figure in Iran, and headed the Expediency Council, a body which is intended to resolve disputes between the parliament and the Guardian Council.

Tasnim news agency also quoted his relative and aide Hossein Marashi as saying that Hasehmi had died at the hospital in Tehran.

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