Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Reported Dead
UPDATE: NowPublic member Ed Jenks is reporting that Pajamas Media missed this story, and in fact, the Iranian government is reporting that Khamenei is still around...
Pajamas Media is reporting the demise of Ali Khamenei
PJM in Santa Monica
A source close to Pajamas Media has learned that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has apparently succumbed to the cancer that hospitalized him last month, as exclusively reported by Pajamas Media, at age 67. He has been Iran’s most powerful figure since replacing Ayatollah Khomeini in the role of Supreme Leader in 1989.
PjM Update:" Some sources, evidently including a family member, are reporting that Khamenei, in grave condition, was alive as recently as yesterday. Our source reported that he died today. More to come. It is the middle of the night in Iran."
More Updates from PjM:
“It is a rumor circulating in Tehran,” Amir Taheri told Richard Miniter, PJM Washington editor. “There is no way to know if it is true.”
Taheri was responding to a Pajamas Media post yesterday of a report … as yet unconfirmed… that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is dead.
Taheri is an Iranian-born journalist with a wide range of sources inside and outside of his former homeland. He was executive editor-in-chief of Kayhan, Iran’s most read newspaper, from 1972 to 1979. Later, he joined the staffs of Britain’s Sunday Times and Germany’s Die Welt. Today, he is columnist for the New York Post. Pajamas Media tracked him down in London.
Under Islamic law, any corpse must be buried no later than the sundown after the day of death. So Iran’s state-run media would have to make some statement soon, if the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Guide were indeed dead, Taheri said.
YNET is reporting that "Practically all media outlets in Iran are
closely supervised by the regime and have yet to deny the report. The
only website which responded to the rumors was Baztab, which is owned
by Mohsen Razaee, the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council
of Iran, and which claimed that the report was "an Israeli conspiracy."