Complications from COVID-19 caused the death of the wife of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

Esther Pollard battled cancer in recent years and died on Monday after recently contracting the coronavirus.

Pollard, 69 was known for advocating the release of her husband Jonathan Pollard who served 30 years in federal prison for selling military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s.

Pollard was arrested in 1985, pleaded guilty, and was given a life sentence.

According to reports, the espionage affair embarrassed Israel and tarnished its relations with the United States for years.

Sources said the two married while Pollard was incarcerated.

Pollard was released on Nov. 20, 2015, and placed on a five-year parole period. A month after his parole expired, he boarded a flight to Israel, was greeted on the tarmac by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and obtained Israeli citizenship.

Esther Pollard accompanied her husband when he flew to Israel in December 2020.

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