Israeli President Shimon Peres
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Reuters

Former Israeli President and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Israel Radio said. He was 93.

Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday.

An official announcement of the death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former prime minister was expected at around 7 a.m. local time (04:00 GMT).