The Lubavitcher rebbe is unconscious and in very critical condition, according to a statement issued late Wednesday by his spokesman.
Doctors for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Lubavitch Chasidic sect, say the condition of the 91-year-old rebbe has deteriorated as a result of the stroke he suffered on March 10.
Schneerson was admitted to Beth Israel Medical Center after suffering what doctors described as a “massive stroke” to the right side of his brain. There had been no word on the extent of damage caused by the stroke until the results of diagnostic tests performed Wednesday morning were released.
Schneerson — who has led the movement since 1950 — had been bedridden at Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights since a stroke two years ago left him almost completely debilitated.
He is reportedly receiving medication and is under continuous monitoring.
Schneerson is the seventh leader of the Lubavitch sect, and has no heirs.
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