Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91 after suffering from a long illness, state television said on Tuesday, weeks after undergoing surgery. A source close to the former president’s family has confirmed Mubarak’s death.
Mubarak served as Egyptian president for 30 years between 1981 and 2011 until he was ousted following mass protests against his rule in 2011.
His lawyer, Farid El-Dib, as saying that the former president was suffering from complications after a surgery he underwent over two weeks ago, without elaborating further. The lawyer added that the former president spent his last hours on a medical ventilator with his family beside his bed.
Mubarak was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2011 soon after he resigned as president under pressure from the Arab Spring protests, which started in January of that year. His health further deteriorated with Mubarak later reportedly suffering a heart attack after he was convicted for allegedly ordering the murder of protesters.
He was jailed for years after the uprising, but was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.