Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak is on a respirator and in a 'very critical' condition, a military official said on late Tuesday, rejected an earlier report from the country's state-run news agency which claimed he had died.
Mubarak, 84, suffered a stroke and cardiac arrest earlier on Tuesday and had to be defibrillated. "He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition," Maj. Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN.
Mubarak's attorney Farid al-Deeb also said Mubarak had not died.
Earlier, the state-run MENA news agency quoted medical sources as saying that Mubarak was declared clinically dead after he was transferred from a prison medical facility to the Maadi military hospital in Cairo. The report claimed Mubarak's heart had stopped beating and he did not respond after being defibrillated several times.
The regime of Mubarak was toppled in February 2011 following popular protests which began several weeks earlier, resulting in the deaths of more than 840 people as a result of a violent government-led crackdown. Mubarak, who had ruled the country for three decades, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters.