Report: Egypt's Mubarak 'clinically dead'

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Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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by SARAH EL DEEB

Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:11 PM

CAIRO (AP) — An Interior Ministry spokesman says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been moved from prison to a military hospital after reports he he suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly worsened.

Egypt's state news agency said Mubarak's heart stopped beating and the former president was considered "clinically dead."

The spokesman Alaa Mahmoud says the 84-year-old Mubarak was moved by ambulance from the hospital in Torah Prison to nearby Maadi Hospital in southern Cairo. The military facility is where Mubarak's predecessor Anwar Sadat was declared dead after being shot by Islamic extremists in 1981.

Earlier, the state news agency said Mubarak's health condition rapidly deteriorated, with his heart stopping briefly, then suffering a stroke.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on June 2 for failing to stop the killing of protesters in last year's uprising that led to his ouster.

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