U.S. clinic: Egypt ex-spy chief died of rare disease

CAIRO Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:05am EDT

Former spy chief and presidential candidate Omar Suleiman gestures as he talks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Cairo April 14, 2012. The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualified 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including Suleiman. Farouk Sultan, head of the presidential election commission, told Reuters the disqualified candidates had 48 hours to appeal against its decision. He declined to give details on the reasons for their disqualification. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Former spy chief and presidential candidate Omar Suleiman gestures as he talks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Cairo April 14, 2012. The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualified 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including Suleiman. Farouk Sultan, head of the presidential election commission, told Reuters the disqualified candidates had 48 hours to appeal against its decision. He declined to give details on the reasons for their disqualification.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman died from a rare disease affecting the heart and kidneys, according to the U.S. clinic where he was undergoing medical tests at the time.

Suleiman, who died at age 76 on Thursday, was fallen Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's last deputy and one of his most trusted advisers. He stepped briefly into the limelight when he was made vice president days before Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

"On Thursday, July 19, General Omar Suleiman ... passed away due to complications from amyloidosis, a disease that affects multiple organs including the heart and kidneys," the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement issued on Thursday night.

It said Suleiman had checked into the clinic on Monday and the disease was discovered after her underwent multiple tests.

Preparations were under way to bring Suleiman's body home for burial. Suleiman will be accorded a military funeral in Egypt on Saturday, the state newspaper al-Ahram said.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad; Writing by Shaimaa Fayed; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (3)
TruthMonitor wrote:
Embrace the US at your own risk

Jul 20, 2012 9:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shablon wrote:
This is just a coverup for the real cause of Suleiman’s death, which was caused by being severely burnt in the fire in Damascus which also killed several Bashar Asad’s leutenants. He was taken to US for treatment where he died on arrival. People saw his charred carcas being brought into the clinic. Looks like US does not want to publicize the way its favourite CIA plant died.

Jul 20, 2012 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DaBond wrote:
There could be another disturbing reason: He knew too much! So that even if he had a fighting chance at overcoming his “illness” or accident, the powers that be decided that he would be too much of an informational risk back in the hands of the Brotherhood, or Hezbolah, or Assad, or – you name it.

Jul 22, 2012 8:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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