According to state-run media, the death of an Iranian cleric

Ismail Khomeini’s educational and research institute, headed by Mesbah Yazdi, said he had been hospitalized for the past few days with a disease of his digestive system.

According to Iran’s state-run Press TV, the leading cleric played a key role in the 1979 uprising that toppled Iran’s Western-backed Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Mesbah Yazdi to join US Was generally seen as radical and anti-Western, including anti-positions. A clear critic of the liberal press, it was ratified on domestic opposition, feminism and gender equality.

According to regional experts, he was the spiritual mentor of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2005 to 2013.

According to Press TV, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mourned the death of Mesbah Yazdi, who was reported to be 85 years old.

Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said Mesbah Yazdi was close to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

According to a Press TV report, Mesbah Yazdi was a member of the Assembly of Experts – the body responsible for selecting and overseeing the influence of Iran’s supreme leader – and the Supreme Council for the Cultural Revolution.