02/01/2014 12:59 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:52 GMT

Ariel Sharon 'Critically Ill': Key Moments In Former Israeli PM's Life

Ariel Sharon is in a "critically ill" state, his doctors say.

Israel's former Prime Minister has been in a coma since 2006.

Here is a brief history of the man seen as an iconic, yet highly controversial, figure.

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