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. angeson

    Mubarak provided the people of Egypt 30 years of peace. We should be so lucky.

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

      I agree. Look at the region and all of its challenges. He did a fair job as president.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.S. Deckard

      I would rather a moment of freedom than decades of tyranny. You seem to be one of those people Franklin was talking about when he said that those that would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. If you really believe what you just said, I suggest moving to North Korea. It seems right up your alley.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JDinHouston

    Then a high ranking Egyptian miilitary said, under condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the press, "Mubarak is not dead, he's on life support until we announce a successor, then we'll tell you he's dead."

    June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Enoch Was Right

    They've got that guy hooked up to enough electricity to power Cleveland for 25 years.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. truedat

    If he is dead, he sure got off easy.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. muhammad

    why is this news,who cares

    June 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amish Armada

    Kim Jong Il awaits Mubarak's arrival in hell!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank the tank

    Mmmmmmm hamburger!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sequined Dill Doh

      You don't have to eat every burger you see.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kim Jong Il in Hell

    I am awaiting your arrival Mr. Mubarak.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cheekyindian

    Now what, build a pyramid?

    June 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MargieM

    I think Mubarak was as good a president as Egypt could have during his turbulent time in office. He maintained Egypt's faithful alliance to the U.S. and he held the extremists at bay for a long time. I am sorry that he was forced out of office, but I respect that it was a more peaceful transition than other Arab countries are experiencing. I wish he was a Christian, but we all have to live our own faith as we see best, and he chose his.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • neal cassady

      Only if you consider good president's to be ones who kill thousands of their own civilians. Our positive 'alliance' with Egypt also meant trading tons upon tons of weapons to their military to only then be turned against it's own people. Tear gas galore proudly made here in the US.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cpc65

    Are they going bury him with those shades on? They probably cost more than your house.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pockets

    The people of Egypt are waiting with the champagne ready to flow once the news hits the streets that he is on the way to the Valley of Kings.....the last of the Pharoah's, well, he ruled like one, sort of. A total dictator who treated the people of Egypt like slaves. Can't these people catch a break?

    June 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ike

    the council should speak the truth.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lisafrommars

    I saw the tape (unedited) of Sadat's assassination when I was in college. It was awful. And it's how they transfer power in other places in the world. This man held onto power he stole. When the military had had enough, they let the people riot, then did nothing, in order to create a power vacuum – a vacuum they would eventually fill. Watch to see the new boss be the same as the old boss.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. thomasmc1957

    Long may he rot.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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