The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) announced that the hospital reports received from France confirms IRIMC’s judgment about Abbas Kiarostami’s death.

Ali-Reza Zali said on Monday the main cause of the noted Iranian director’s death was ‘meningeal hemorrhage’ (bleeding within brain membranes).

Only a summary of the Kiarostami’s medical record was sent to Iran and not a complete one. According to that summary, Kiarostami was receiving blood thinner medicine and also the dose was mentioned in the report, said Zali.

He added that in order to give the exact report of the cause of death, an autopsy should have been performed, but unfortunately, for any reason this was done neither in France, nor in Iran.

The head of Medical Council of the IRIMC said, “If we want to draw a conclusion based on the French medical summary, the cause of death is the same thing that was already reported by IRIMC.”

The further inspections on Kiarostami’s death were carried out upon his son’s request.

Abbas Kiarostami (1940 –2016) was an Iranian film director, producer, screenwriter, and photographer. Since 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries.

He had traveled to France to receive treatment for cancer after undergoing surgery in Tehran. He died at the age of 76 on July 4, 2016, in Paris. He was buried in Tehran.


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