Shinzo Abe was shot and died as a result of blood loss, a hospital has reported

The former premier was taken to Nara Medical University around 12:20 p.m. (local time), and the hospital confirmed in a briefing that he passed away at 5:03 p.m. (local time).

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Shinzo Abe, a former prime minister of Japan, passed away roughly five hours after arriving at the Nara Medical University after being fired at while campaigning, the hospital announced on Friday.

“Shinzo Abe was transported to the hospital at 12:20pm (local time), and was in a state of cardiac arrest when brought to the hospital,” Hidetada Fukushima, professor of emergency medicine, Nara Medical University hospital, said at a press briefing.

Despite efforts by medical professionals to revive the former prime minister, Abe passed away at 5:30 p.m., according to Fukushima (local time).

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Fukushima stated that the politician’s death was caused by blood loss, which, despite extensive blood transfusions, he claimed medics were unable to compensate for.

“Akie Abe, the ex-PM’s wife, arrived at the hospital in the afternoon. The family has been informed about his death,” professor Fukushima informed the media.

The island nation’s 67-year-old leader, who spent a total of four terms as prime minister, was shot at earlier today in Nara by 41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya. Tetsuya, a former soldier in the Maritime Self Defense Force, fired at the now-deceased former PM but stayed put. He reportedly admitted to the police that he was “dissatisfied” with Abe but did not harbour any “resentment” against Abe’s ideas after being apprehended.

By the time he was rushed to the hospital, Shinzo Abe was not displaying any vital signs. He had chest and neck bullet wounds.