Reports: Hosni Mubarak on life support after stroke

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaks during an East Room statement at the White House on the first day of the Middle East peace talks September 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. The White House has kicked off a new round of direct peace talks for the Middle East, the first one in more than 18 months. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Michael Winter, USA Today

Egypt's state-run news agency reports that doctors have declared former president Hosni Mubarak clinically dead after suffering a stroke in a prison hospital. Security sources and his lawyer say he is still alive on life support, however.

Update at 6:01 p.m. ET: A security officials also tells the Associated Press that Mubarak is on life support.

Update at 5:53 p.m. ET: Reuters now cites security sources as saying Mubarak is not dead but is unconscious and on a respirator.

It's possible that Mubarak could be brain dead but being kept alive mechanically.

Update at 5:43 p.m. ET: Despite the reports that resuscitation efforts had failed, Mubarak's lawyer Farid El-Deeb told Al-Hayat television channel that he is still alive and that efforts to revive him are beginning to have some effect, Ahram Online reports.

The news outlet adds that "it is understood" that Mubarak has been suffering from cancer and heart problems.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison June 2 for the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators last year during the "Arab Spring" uprising.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been declared clinically dead after suffering a stroke in a prison hospital, according to the state-run MENA news agency.

Reuters says a source at the military hospital where the 84-year-old Mubarak was moved has also confirmed the report.

"Former president Hosni Mubarak has clinically died following his arrival at Maadi military hospital on Tuesday evening," MENA said, quoting medical sources, according to Reuters. "Mubarak's heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond."

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