Press Shia – A senior Iranian cleric and Shi’ah source of emulation, Ayatollah Abdol-Karim Mousavi-Ardabili, has passed away after suffering cardiac and digestive complications.

Press Shia – Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabili died at the age of 91 at the Laleh Hospital in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.


He had been taken to hospital with chest pain on Monday. His condition worsened after a second heart attack, according to his medical team.


Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabili was born in Ardabil in 1926. After the Islamic Revolution, he became a founding member of the former Islamic Republic Party.


He had also held positions in the Council of the Islamic Revolution, the Assembly of Experts, and the Attorney-General’s Office. He had been appointed the head of the Supreme Court in 1981 after the assassination of Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who had held the office until then. Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabili served at the position for 6 years.


In the final years of his life, he served as the dean of Mofid University in the Iranian city of Qom.