Is Mubarak Dead?
Update: Despite conflicting reports that resuscitation efforts have failed, Mubarak's lawyer Farid El-Deeb told Al-Hayat television channel that he is still alive and that efforts to revive him are beginning to have some effect, Ahram Online reports.
Ahram Online adds that "it is understood" that Mubarak has been suffering from cancer and heart problems.
Security officials have told Reuters that Egypt's Mubarak is on life support.
A number of media outlets are reporting that Mubarak is "clinically dead."
Original Post: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was ousted by the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt last year, was declared clinically dead by doctors on Tuesday.
Mubarak was 84.
Earlier this month he had been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian court trying him for crimes he committed during the Egyptian revolution. It is reported that he possibly suffered a stroke.
His death comes only a few days after the Egyptian presidential elections.
Last week rumors were already spreading over Twitter that Mubarak had died in jail. The rumors gained traction when a Twitter account claiming to be Mohamed Ibrahim, the interior minister of Egypt, tweeted back-to-back tweets first saying, “Interior Ministry of Egypt officially announces the death of former president Hosni Mubarak.”
That tweet was followed by “Interior Ministry of Arab Republic of Egypt confirms that former president Mubarak dies today. More details later.”
The Twitter account was started only one hour prior to the release of these tweets, sparking the belief that the account was bogus.
Earlier this month Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for ordering police to kill protestors during the Arab Spring uprising against his 30-year reign.
The 84-year-old Mubarak had been in poor health, reportedly pleading with his lawyers to save him from prison out of fear that he would die in jail. Mubarak was being held in the intensive care wing of Cairo’s Tora prison and his family and lawyers had recently specially requested Mubarak be transferred to a Cairo hospital.
Last week, CNN reported that Mubarak was in a full-coma. Mubarak’s health had been on the decline since last summer with conflicting reports about the cause. He attended last August’s trials on a hospital gourney.
Medical officials said last Tuesday that Mubarak's condition had stabilized after the former president slipped in an out of consciousness over the past 24 hours, according to the Associated Press.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said the 84-year old Mubarak was administered oxygen to aid his breathing once last Tuesday. They say they are monitoring his heart and blood pressure closely.
There have been conflicting reports about Mubarak's condition since a court convicted him on June 2 of failing to prevent the killings of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year and sentenced him to life in prison. Doctors said a defibrillator was used on Mubarak twice last Monday.