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Conflicting Reports over Mubarak's Death

No official statement yet but Egyptian medical sources and state news agency say deposed president is "clinically dead".

Hosni Mubarak
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(WASHINGTON DC) - Hosni Mubarak, the deposed Egyptian leader, has been revived and is on an artificial respirator after he suffered stroke, sources in the interior ministry and from his family told Al Jazeera.

Earlier on Tuesday the state news agency, MENA, quoted medical sources as saying that the former president, aged 84, was "clinically dead" after he was rushed to Maadi Hospital in near Cairo from Torah prison.

General Said Abbas, a member of the ruling military council, told Reuters, that Mubarak had suffered a stroke but added: "Any talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense." According to an interior ministry spokesman, he suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly worsened on Tuesday.

State news agency, MENA, had earlier reported Mubarak's transfer to hospital from prison, where it said he had experienced a stroke and been defibrillated. State TV earlier said Mubarak was in a "critical" condition and had been placed on a respirator.

The prison official said doctors reported that he had fallen unconscious.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Mubarak was sentenced to a life in prison on June 2 for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's uprising against him.

He was transferred to prison after spending months in a military facility in detention. Officials have since repeatedly reported his health is deteriorating.

Since his arrival at the prison directly after his sentencing, Mubarak has been suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties and deep depression, according to prison officials.

Source: Aljazeera.com



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