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."

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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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  1. Dee

    He is paying for the inhumane treatment of the Egyptians.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Just Me

    Dictators do not take losing power well. Mubarak done stress himself to the point his blood pressure went thru the roof despite he was under medical care resullting in a stroke.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    Let him go to be with his maker whoever that may be.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blilli

      lol...it's questionable

      June 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eroteme

    The day may come when we wish Mubarak was back in control. He had his many faults but was a friend of the U.S. Good chance Egypt eventually will have an Islamic government with our strong encouragement that Egypt have free elections. And we are having such great success with our free elections. It just might be nice if Egypt were to elect someone who would become a benevolent dictator. Free elections in Egypt might result in disaster.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed

      If you think/wish its Ok to bring a dictator to another country againist people's well for the simple reason that he is a good friend of USA, then we should accept the fact that other countries shall wish for us a dictator leader as long as he is a friend of them. Values like freedon and democracy are not really embrassed by a person who think pragmatically like this. Its only good when its mine. I feel sick.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alicia

    I pray for his soul.....and I am Christian.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • M,F.

      Thank you I pray too.

      June 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Me

    Why do we care where a mas murderer dictator's health fails, and if he dies ? How many souls has he killed ? They will be waiting for him on the other side !! They were only 17 to 20 years old, he is 4-5 times their age, enough is enough, let him join Hitler in H–l.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frankly Speaking..

    Not so easy.. Revive him for as long as possible, he deserves every bit of what he is getting

    June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    I hope he suffers for each kid he killed !! May he join Murderer Sharone in a vegetated comma for years as a punishment for his sins and murders. He was his friend, they were in bed together, may they be together in the afterlife too.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |

    He is no good anymore, We got what we could from him. Let me him go.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dan

    the man has 25 billion stashed thruout the world

    June 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TruthMatters

    Anyone who thinks this is true is naive. The Military with the support of the US government is just trying to get him out of jail. There was no intention to truly try and punish him. They saw how Egypt was boiling over and decided to pull the wool over everyone's eyes to calm things down while keeping their stranglehold on the country. Mark my words he is going to be secretly removed from prison while telling everyone he's there, or they'll pretend to move him to a military hospital or they'll fake his death, Heis family is going to keep billions of $ that he stole from the nation. The UN and the Egyptian people need to insist on having monthly inspections if not weekly of the prison to make sure he's in there. They should allow citizens to visit the jail and see him in there too without any contact. They can even charge a fee for it and generate the money it takes to keep him in jail.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charles bowen

    The Devil will soon have another Soul ,Mubarak's......I've heard jobs are open for Stokers but you must provide your own shovel..... Not much good to comment on here.... Bad Man.........Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    June 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dirty Mike

    That's too bad ūüôĀ He was a good guy.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Captain Obvious

    First Paterno, now Mubarak. Take away a dictator's power and they have nothing left to do but die.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Burbank

    I can't help but wonder if the stroke was real or artificially induced....

    June 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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