Muhammad Hassan Shama
Summary: co-founder of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip who had been revered by Hamas loyalists but was nearly anonymous outside Gaza as one of the eight founders of the Islamist group in the 1980's, in which Hamas publicly announced for the first time that Shama had been leader of the secretive Shura Council, its top governing body.
Cause of Death: Aftereffects of a stroke
Died: June 10, 2011
Location: Gaza City, Israel