Jerusalem: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, has deteriorated to a "life threatening" condition after suffering kidney malfunction, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.
Officials at the hospital near Tel Aviv where Sharon, 85, has been treated, did not answer their telephones. A Health Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.
The ex-general and right-wing leader was known for executing a dramatic political about face with a 2005 Gaza pullout that turned Israeli politics on its head when he quit his party and created a centrist faction that ruled Israel for several years.
The radio, echoing reports by other Israeli media outlets, said Sharon`s condition had worsened in the past several days and that his life was in danger due to kidney failure.
The Haaretz newspaper`s Web site quoting an unnamed source said that Sharon could die in "a matter of days" if his condition continued to decline. Israel`s Channel 2 television said Sharon`s sons were at his bed side.