Reports: Ayatollah Khamenei Is Dead!

After reports on Tuesday that Iran’s top spiritual and political figure, Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was gravely ill, there are reports coming from Iran that the SUPREME LEADER IS DEAD!!
-Via Instapundit

In one of his last memorable appearances back in October he came packing to Friday mosque services with his Persian Mauser.

Here is another report from Tuesday from Iran News:

Iran’s Supreme Mullah Leader, Ali Khamenei is seriously ill and will have to be replaced in the coming months as he is no longer capable of holding office, according to Assembly of Experts member mullah Nasseri. The powerful mullah body appoints and oversees the country’s supreme leader. “Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is gravely ill – he can no longer see very well, has difficulty hearing, and is no longer able to properly perform his duties,” Nasseri told a women’s group.

Iranians have speculated for sometime about Khamenei’s health. But talk of the 67 year-old Khamenei’s health is taboo and officials have denied he is seriously ill, although United States sources had previously said Khamenei had cancer. He is widely regarded as the figurehead of mullahs’ regime. The survivor of an assassination attempt, his supporters call him a “living martyr”, and Iranians call him “cholaaq ali gedaa”.

The country’s supreme leader since 1989, Khamenei succeeded the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, infamous mullah Khomeini, as president in 1981 and served two terms. His death or removal from office by the Assembly of Experts will trigger a power struggle within mullahs’ regime, according to observers.

Kesher Talk wonders “Who’s up next?”

Meanwhile, President Ahmadinejad wrote another letter today. This time to China. (Picture-Fars News)

** A spokeswoman for Reza Pahlavi, heir to the throne of Iran, says that they had heard rumors but have no confirmation.

Back on December 24, 2006 Khamenei attended the Graduation and Oath-Taking Ceremony at Imam Ali Military Academy

He did not look like a man on his deathbed from the photos taken that day two weeks ago. He also made an appearance at the polls on election day, December 15, 2006.

In this photo from the 24th he is using a cane. (Khamenei website)

AllahPundit is reporting the news.
Bill Quick – Long live the new tyrant!

** Keep your eye on Iranian blogs Aryamehr and The Spirit of Man for updates.

Dan Riehl notes that it was Khamenei who was behind the Khobar Towers bombing.

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