June 19th, 2012
06:09 PM ET

Military official disputes report of Mubarak's clinical death

[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] Conflicting reports emerged late Tuesday over whether the 84-year-old former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, had died.

The state-run Middle East News Agency, citing medical sources, said he was declared clinically dead shortly after arriving at a military hospital in Cairo, where he was taken after suffering a stroke and cardiac arrest earlier in the day.

But Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN, "He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition."

Fast facts about Hosni Mubarak

Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the Egyptian prosecutor, had said earlier, "We were informed by prison authority that Mubarak's heart has stopped and they used electric shocks and CPR to resurrect him. He is now on an artificial respirator and doctors from the armed forces and International Medical Center will inspect him."

Nile TV reported that Mubarak had suffered a stroke.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN's senior medical correspondent, said that "clinically dead" usually refers to someone who is brain-dead. In such a case, an electroencephalogram would indicate no real brain activity, she said.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison June 2 for the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators last year. He already was suffering from health problems and attended court on a gurney.

His health has been reported to be in decline since he was ousted as president of Egypt in February 2011. On June 11, a prosecutor's spokesman said Mubrak's health deteriorated after the verdict, and that defibrillators had been used several times to revive him "due to heart complications."

Mubarak's latest health crisis came on a day when both candidates who participated in a presidential runoff claimed victory.

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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Hinterarsch

    Let him g to hell where he blongs.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever


      June 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe


    June 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      First thought I had also.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ireuel

      My thought exactly.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      why? cause he's the devil...all those leaders killing their own people are pure evil...duh

      June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Slappy_McGiggles

    Yep, they had a chance and they blew it.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tribecagal

    Where do I sign the DNR & DNI for this slime?

    June 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    It seems every day there are these stories about Mubarak "dying" and being brought back to life. I've never heard of anyone dying and being revived so many times. Preposterous.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ART

    I'am sorry but Mubarak is no Ghadafi he served his country well

    June 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cheryl Jefferies

    Was he worse than what is going to descend on Egypt now? He was probably a sight better. The comments here make me ashamed to be American. Many of you are the most hate-filled ?people? I've ever run across. Anyone who doesn't agree with you is cursed out, called a liar, or worse. How can you possible live with yourselves? How can you even look yourselves in the mirror? No wonder you support Obama...he's pretty hate-filled when you get right down to it. Each of you makes a grand member of King Liar's Court of Fools. But, even worse...

    June 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana R

      Cheryl: I am not a supporter of Mr. Obama, but I'm puzzled by your blaming all this on Obama. The Egyptians deposed Mubarak, the Egyptians tried and convicted him, and the Egyptians are now going through phase 2 of their version of Arab Spring - without getting it right either time, or so it seems. The Egyptians may choose a Mulsim Brotherhood figure to lead their government. I hope not. But, as much as I dislike Obama, I can't see any reason to blame any of that on him.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      you kind of make a poor argument when you accuse others of being the most hatefilled and then go on to spout hate and nonsense of your own.

      June 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisafrommars

      Hey Cheryl,
      Why don't you go over and try to live there - being a woman and all - and see how you like their power structure. I'll bet you'd kiss Obama's wingtips to get back to the good ol' US of A.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ridiculous

    when you're ready to join the modern world, let us know, KJMU.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Duane

    Let him die

    June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CitizenX

    WHHYYYYYYY?! You were so close..

    June 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Six Pack

    Let nature take it's course. God is calling. Who are you to get in his way?

    June 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. surfdog

    just let him go. God will sort it all out.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cheryl Jefferies

    So...one thing's for sure. With Mubarek in control in Egypt, we weren't reading about the following:

    Iran, Syria, Russia and China are now planning a huge joint war-games exercise in the mid-East.

    Isn't that special?!

    NOT! Thanks a bunch, Obama!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      oh grow up, seriously, what on earth are you actually blaming Obama for? what do you think he has or has not done in this?
      and what difference does who is in charge of egypt make to these supposed war games? (that both russia and syria have denied happening)

      June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rascal Rabble

    ooh...so that's why the lights dimmed, the thunder rumbled, and lightning clapped...

    June 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Swag Master

    Mubarak is an experiment on life support. He dies and is revived on an almost daily basis. I really doubt his mind is making it through this.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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