Who Was Yohanan Kohen Gadol?

Born in the times of the Hasmonean rebellion celebrated with the holiday of Chanukah, Yohanan Cohen Gadol was one of the most prominent Jewish leaders during the brief period of Jewish freedom in the 2nd century BCE. Caught in the swirling controversy of internal religious debate, in his old age he abandoned his Pharisaic roots orientation to join the Sadducean movement, prompting the Rabbis to issue the adage, “do not trust in yourself till the end of your life.”

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  1. What happened to Yochanan Kohen Gadol after he became a Tzeduki? Did he die in the Kodesh Hakodashim on Yom Kippur?

    Thank you in advance,
    Shmuel Silber

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