Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, passed away in Tehran’s Bahman Hospital on Tuesday.
Having a heart attack, he had been hospitalized since in early June and after being transferred to the hospital, he fell into a coma.
While in hospital, many Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader as well as Mr. President visited Ayatollah him.
Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, born on April 8, 1931 in Kan village near Tehran, was a politician, writer and the leader of the Combatant Clergy Association. His father was also a cleric and taught at Mofid Religious School.
After finishing basic education in Kan, he studied at Borhan High School in Tehran. In 1947 he left Tehran for Qom to learn Islamic studies.
The late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Reza Golpayegani, Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Boroujerdi and Allameh Seyed Mohammad Hossein Tabatabai are some of his teachers.
He served as the Home Minister in the cabinet of Mohammad Ali Rajayee as well as he was reappointed as Home Minster in the successive cabinet of Mohammad Javad Bahonar.
Mahdavi Kani founded Imam Sadegh University in Tehran, a university specializing in humanities and social sciences.
He was elected as Chairman of the Assembly of Experts on March 8, 2011 after the term of the former chairman, Rafsanjani, came to an end.
The editorial boards of Real Iran offer their condolences and sympathies for him.