Azza Tawfiq, wife of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, passed away on Friday afternoon at the EgyptAir Hospital in Cairo.
According to Shafiq's official website (www.ahmedshafikeg.com), Tawfiq had been suffering from a long-term illness. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at the Thawra Mosque in Medinet Salem.
A former civil aviation minister, Shafiq was appointed prime minister by ousted president Hosni Mubarak at the height of last year's Tahrir Square uprising. He is currently considered a frontrunner in Egypt's upcoming presidential race.
It remains unclear how the death of his spouse will affect Shafiq's ongoing presidential campaign.