June 19, 2012
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak ‘clinically dead,’ state news service says
UPDATE [2:54 pm]: Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, jailed for life this month and who has been hospitalized for more than a year, is unconscious and on a respirator but is not clinically dead, two security sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
“He is completely unconscious. He is using artificial respiration,” one military source told Reuters, after the state news agency reported he was clinically dead after being taken from a prison medical facility to a military hospital.
Another separate security source gave the same account and dismissed the report issued by the state news agency saying: “It is still early to say that he is clinically dead.”
UPDATE [2:49 pm]: Egypt’s Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead, two security sources tell Reuters.
[2:46 pm]: Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades until overthrown by a revolution in the “Arab Spring” last year, was declared clinically dead by his doctors on Tuesday, the state news agency MENA said in a report confirmed by a hospital source.
Mubarak is 84 and had been sentenced to life in prison earlier this month.
“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.”
Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Kevin Liffey