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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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. PoBoy

    What they really meant is that he was clinically killed.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. charles bowen

    The Butcher is Dead.....Assad should be next.........Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    June 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amr Azim

    Excellent news!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amr Azim

    Egypt traitor is on his way to hell!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BO Stinks

    Excellent.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amr Azim

    The Middle East News Agency: Mubarak declared clinically dead! As Ahmad Shafiq would say, Eh? Eh? Eh?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Maybe it's Reagan's fault..... ?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Coroner

    ♫♫ He's not only merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead! ♫♫

    June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOBBY

    just like egypts "democracy"

    June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NFLD thought

    Well, what are you waiting for? Grab a bullit and finish it off

    June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NukeTim

    Osama is holding a seat for you in Hell, Mubarak.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adam

    He couldn't take the news that the brotherhood won the election...

    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hound

    Clinically dead? Am I the only one flashing back to Miracle Max from The Princess Bride?... "It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead"

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

    Is clinically dead different than regular dead?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andy

    That was quick.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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