Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has died after fainting in court, state television has claimed.
The 67-year-old had been speaking to a judge for 20 minutes and became ‘very animated’ before he collapsed, a judicial source said.
He was rushed to hospital where he later died.
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Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has died in court, state television reported on Monday
Morsi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against this rule.
He had been serving a seven-year sentence for falsifying his candidacy application for the 2012 presidential race.
‘He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,’ a judicial source said.
The official Al-Ahram news website also reported the death of Morsi, who was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him in July 2013.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute to Morsi after news of his death broke – calling him a ‘martyr.’
‘May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace,’ said Erdogan, who had forged close ties with Morsi.