Hezbollah founder Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour has died age 74 from COVID-19.
Mohtashamipour died at a northern Tehran hospital after suffering from COVID-19 for an undetermined period of time.
Mohtashamipour is a known ally of Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and helped found the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) in Iran.
After helping found the IRGC, he reportedly brought forces into Syria and Lebanon and helped create Hezbollah.
Mohtashamipour had been living in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, for 10 years after the disputed election in Iran where he backed Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi.
Mohtashamipour has been targeted by an alleged Israeli assassination attempt in 1984 where a bomb was placed inside a book.
As a result of the bombing, Mohtashamipour lost his right hand and two fingers on his left hand in the incident.
“The deceased was one of the holy warriors on the way to the liberation of Jerusalem and one of the pioneers in the fight against the usurping Zionist regime,” said Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi on Mohtashamipour’s passing.