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In pictures: Yasser Arafat's life
2004: Final days

Confined to his Ramallah compound, Yasser Arafat slipped out of the media spotlight somewhat until on 29 October 2004 he emerged to travel abroad for urgent medical treatment.

Citing a blood disorder Palestinian officials arranged for their leader to travel to a hospital near the French capital, Paris.

His condition deteriorated fast. He fell into a coma, suffered a brain haemorrhage and, on 11 November 2004, died at the age of 75.

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