Senior Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani Dies at 82
Iranian senior cleric Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Ali Alavi Gorgani has passed away at the age of 82.
The senior cleric, who had been hospitalized in Qom, died on Tuesday.
He was born in Najaf in 1939 and came to Iran with his father at the age of seven.
Ayatollah Gorgani was a Marja, jliterally meaning "source to follow" or "religious reference", a title given to the highest level of clerics with the authority to make legal decisions within the confines of Islamic law for followers and lower-ranking clerics.
He also supported the Islamic Republic that was established after the victory of the revolution.