Reuters: Former Egypt vice president dies in Cleveland

12:00 PM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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CAIRO -- Former Egyptian spy chief and vice president, Omar Suleiman, has died at Cleveland Clinic.

Suleiman arrived in Cleveland Monday to have some tests.  The Clinic released a statement saying, "On Thursday, July 19, General Omar Suleiman, former Vice President of Egypt, passed away due to complications from amyloidosis, a disease that affects multiple organs including the heart and kidneys. General Suleiman arrived Monday at Cleveland Clinic where the disease was discovered after undergoing multiple medical tests."   

Suleiman, 75, was ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's most trusted deputy.

After rising through the ranks of the military, he served as Egypt's intelligence chief for nearly two decades.

For most of that time he played a behind-the-scenes role as the top official in charge of some of the most important issues facing the Egyptian state.

The Associated Press

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