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. lolwut

    ...and as we all know, there's a big difference between clinically dead and all dead.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      I don't. What is it.

      June 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. adam

    Saddam, Qaddafi, Mubarak, Osama, it looks like they are having a party somewhere else. Is Assad going to catch up with them?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reader

    Very sad. When the Muslim Brotherhood ruins Egypt and turns the clock back 500 years by ruling with a backwards islamic fist then everyone here who was happy Assad died will look back with regret and realize the catastrophe that came up on Egypt since Mubarak was ousted.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Humperdinck

    Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.
    Inigo Montoya: What's that?
    Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shmeckell

    Looks like they kicked him out just in time.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hu Phart Ngau

    Like Central and South America, and several African countries in decades past, the Middle East "democratic uprising" will simply trade one thug for another. Lybia, Egypt, Syria, etc...

    June 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregingso

      That is yet to be seen. Egyptians are still protesting the military's decision to disband the parliament and they were also some protests over the two candidates who made it to a run-off. It will largely depend on whether or not governments like our own decide to prop up the thugs that take-over like they pretty did the thugs that have been overthrown.(In Syria it is the Russians doing the propping). You cannot expect countries that have no history of democracy to transition from dictatorship or military rule without some setbacks along the way. The youth in many of these countries will simply not allow the outcome you are predicting to stand. If it's just another thug that takes over they will themselves be overthrown in time, the world is a different place than it used to be and technologicy adept youth will make sure it stays that way. It won't happen overnight and there will be setbacks but these countries will find their way to freedom in time.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jorline

    Hey Egypt...there goes your pound of flesh.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LOL

    And that, my friends, is how you fake your own death.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. urilifecast

    better off this way.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. laeinstein

    I don't believe he is dead- I will only believe it when it is told to me by Chevy Chase-

    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hu Phart Ngau

    Egypt, Libya, Syria (eventually) will all follow a pattern so familiar in South/Central America in decades past. An uprising in "democracy", only to trade one oppressive thug for another.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Has anyone actually read the article before commenting?
    He arrived "dead" and was revived. he arrived at the hospital with his heart not beating, but it was then started again.
    That may possibly mean that he maybe brain dead from here out. But he is still alive.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sandusky Sandwich

    Well, the experiment continues. Not much of his mind left. But he's still alive.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. genebrady

    Put him in a cell until his sentence is up.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RS, CA

    I really think it's a shame that Obama spat on Mubarek, who was a pretty good friend of the U.S. and did much good for Egypt. Now I hope the Brotherhood goes after Obama!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC rom NJ

      Guess somebody's been watching Faux News a little too much....

      June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      yeah a friend and a dictator ....how selfish?

      June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      The man who 'did so much good for Egypt' was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of unarmed protesters shot down by military armament.
      That is what his trial was all about. He was found guilty, by the way.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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