Earlier, Egypt’s state news agency declared him “clinically dead” after attempts to revive him failed and though this was later denied by his lawyer and a close adviser he was being kept alive only on life support in a Cairo military hospital.
Even as Egypt is now grappling with the latest in a succession of constitutional crises triggered by the uprising which ousted him last year, Mubarak had earlier fallen seriously ill in Tora Prison hospital.
Prison officials summoned medical officers, who attempted to revive him with a defibrillator. They then ordered his transfer to the Maadi Military Hospital in south Cairo where further efforts to restart his heart failed.
Reports that he was clinically dead were later denied the lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, who represented him at his trial for complicity in murder, for which he received a life sentence on June 2. His former friend and close policy adviser, Mustafa al-Fiki, also told The Daily Telegraph: “He didn’t die – this news is not confirmed.”