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. jimzcarz

    Maybe the Dr's should try taking his glasses off.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Calcommuter

    Clinically dead or brain dead like Skippy W Bush?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AgrippaMT

    Wonderful news for the Egyptian people. Carry him fast to his grave.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CRH

    What a coincidence. Egypt's chances for a democracy are clinically dead also.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adel

      Lol epic comment

      June 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Ba bye

    June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sickofdebt

    i guess obama will blame bush

    June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      I guess some fool will make an Obama comment.....oh wait.

      June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIT

    "Clinically dead". As opposed to theoretically dead.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Snowicane

    At least he won't have to suffer in prison now.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Antwoine A.

    This is what the so called Arab Spring has been about... the old gaurd changing hands... what we should focus on is who or what comes next?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JoePa

    He bee dead for last 30 years and no one noticed. Hurry up and dig a hole and bury him before he comes alive.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Billy

    Zombie Mubarak!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CNNuthin

    Anyone else see a resemblance between Mubarak in the photo and Walter from the Jeff Dunham Skits?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian Myers

    LOL. What a crock. After he is "dead" he'll be shipped-off to a Caribbean Island w/billion$ to live happily-ever-after w/John Gotti, Elvis and Osama bin Laden.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. samuel agyiri

    Lord please save this man....smh

    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WildMontana

    Electric shocks....applied where?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
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