Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday. Details of when the funeral will take place were not initially available.

An official announcement of the death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former prime minister was expected at around
7 am local time.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed grief at the death of Shimon Peres. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, express their deep personal grief on the passing of the beloved of the nation, former Israeli President Shimon Peres," a statement said.

It said Netanyahu would deliver a personal message and the Israeli Cabinet would convene later for a special session of mourning.