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Hospital official: Medical condition of former Israeli PM Sharon continues to deteriorate

  • FILE -- In this Sunday Jan. 30, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, clings to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors say, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool, File)

    FILE -- In this Sunday Jan. 30, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, clings to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors say, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the media work in Tel Hashomer hospital, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized, near Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Members of the media work in Tel Hashomer hospital, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized, near Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • A part of Tel Hashomer hospital, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized, is seen near Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    A part of Tel Hashomer hospital, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized, is seen near Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

The director of the hospital treating Ariel Sharon says the former prime minister's already critical medical condition is deteriorating further.

Dr. Zeev Rotstein of Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv said on Friday that Sharon's life remains in danger.

He says Sharon is fighting and is not in pain.

The 85-year-old Sharon has been in a coma for eight years after a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the peak of his political power. He was reported in "critical condition" Thursday.

Rotstein says "there is a slow and gradual deterioration," with doctors now seeing not only Sharon's kidneys but other vital organs malfunctioning as well.

Sharon was one of Israel's most iconic and controversial figures. A prominent hard-line voice over the decades, he was elected prime minister in 2001.