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. Swag Master

    Is that a photo of the deceased Mubarak?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guido Sarducci

    Bye, Hosenose.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ShockedAndAwed

    What a shock! I mean, one second, a thug is bashing in your skull with the butt of a rifle and the next, you're having a stroke. What a coincidence!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. works4me

    Not only is he merely dead... he's really most sincerely dead.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Crow

    then reappears in London

    June 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JDinHouston

    I wonder how many times they had to hold the pillow over his face before he finally was "clinically dead."

    June 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sail Frog 69

    I think he's still alive. He has risen. Buuuuuuuuuuuuut that picture is of him dead!!
    What if he's the anti-christ?
    That pic is of him dead!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©


    June 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. New Gawker

    See he was taken out of power and now look at him? where was he supposed to get the blood of virgins to drink if we took out of power?

    June 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hugo Stiglitz

    Is there any other kind of dead?

    June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exposo

      Doggie death!

      June 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. surfdog

    the shot of Mubarak and Clinton shaking hands, looks a bit like a weak, poofy, little clammy type of girly-man hand shake.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JDinHouston

    hmmm... Mubarak plays possum, he's now supposedly on life support. This guy has more lives than Morris!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The reality

    Our congress has been clinically dead for a while what's the big deal?

    June 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thomas Henley

    Chances are Mubarak is alive and well, the military he once commanded and was long loyal to him probably spirited him away ending the quest for a pound of his flesh for good.

    He's probably got a nice new set of digs next to Ken Leigh of Enron down in Paraquay or some such friendly out of the way place.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Did they re-employ the Shroud of Turin ? Was the round rock blocking the cave rolled away ? Discuss.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dave

    Watch for the swarming locusts.....

    June 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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