The AP reports that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on life support after suffering a stroke Tuesday, contradicting earlier reports that he was “clinically dead.”
A member of the ruling military council confirmed to Egyptian media that Mubarak is in “very critical condition,” and has been moved from prison to a military hospital in Cairo. A source from the Egyptian security forces told the state news agency MENA that Mubarak’s heart stopped beating earlier Tuesday, but that he was revived by a defibrillator.
ORIGINAL POST, 5:25 p.m.:
Reuters is reporting that Egypt’s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, is dead.
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The wire service reported earlier this afternoon that Mubarak had gone into a coma after suffering from a heart attack and a stroke, and was being moved to a military hospital in Cairo.
The 84-year-old deposed dictator has suffered serious health problems since the uprising that led to his ouster last February.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m:
The state news agency, MENA, reports that Mubarak’s heart has stopped, and that doctors have declared him “clinically dead.”
“Former president Hosni Mubarak has clinically died following his arrival at Maadi military hospital on Tuesday evening,” MENA said, quoting medical sources. “Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond.”
However, Mubarak’s lawyer is reportedly claiming that his client is not dead, according to several news outlets, including CNN and the Washington Post.
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