Cairo - Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak was declared clinically
dead after he was transferred to hospital from prison on Tuesday, state
media reported, but a medical source said he was in a coma.
Mubarak is clinically dead," the official MENA news agency reported.
"Medical sources told MENA his heart had stopped beating and did not
respond to defibrillation."
But a medical source told AFP the former strongman was in fact in a coma and on an artificial respirator.
Mubarak "is in a coma and the doctors are trying to revive him. He has been placed on an artificial respirator", he said.
state's Nile News television station began broadcasting archival
footage of Mubarak during his presidency, which ended with a popular
uprising last year.
"I want to affirm that the official news
agency of the country, MENA, has announced it," a state news presenter
said of Mubarak's reported clinical death.
"It is a confirmed report from MENA," he added.
was transferred from prison to a military hospital in the Cairo
district of Maadi earlier on Tuesday evening after suffering a stroke
and undergoing defibrillation in prison.
The 84-year-old former
strongman was sentenced to life behind bars on 2 June for suppressing a
revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters
His medical condition deteriorated after the verdict
and he suffered an emotional breakdown after being moved to an
intensive care wing in Cairo's Tora prison.
Doctors treated him with a defibrillator twice on 11 June, according to a prison hospital source.
has suffered from acute depression since his transfer, as well as
periodic increases in blood pressure and shortness of breath, interior
ministry officials said.
Mubarak's wife Suzanne and his two
daughters-in-law were given special permission to visit him following
rumours that he had died in prison.
family had formally requested a transfer to a Cairo hospital, a move
that threatened to unleash the anger of activists and protesters.
lawyer Farid al-Deeb was not available for comment. He told AFP last
week that Mubarak complained to him that the authorities wanted him to
stay in prison until he died.
Mubarak was transferred to hospital
as thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after last
weekend's presidential election to protest an apparent bid by the
military to prolong its rule.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed
Mursi has claimed victory in the election, but his rival Ahmed Shafiq,
Mubarak's last premier, says he won.
Official results are expected on Thursday.