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Renowned Egyptian journalist Galal Amer dies

Galal Amer suffers heart attack after witnessing clashes between pro- and anti-military council protesters in Alexandria, dies Sunday morning

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Feb 2012
Galal Amer
Egyptian journalist Galal Amer
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Galal Amer, the prominent Egyptian journalist, passed away at dawn on Sunday after suffering a heart attack on Friday.

Amer was well-known for his sarcastic sense of humour and cynical analysis of political events.

He wrote for the Tagammu Party's El-Ahaly newspaper, the El-Kahira, and penned a regular 'Illusions' column for Masry Al-Youm.

He graduated from the Military College and fought in the 1973 October War against Israel. He also had a degree in law.

Amer suffered a heart attack on Friday after attending a protest against military rule in Alexandria. He was transferred to intensive care after undergoing surgery and was reportedly in a stable condition on Saturday night.  He died on Sunday morning at dawn.

Amer's son, Ramy Amer, said that his father was in good health until he went to the El-Sayala district in Alexandria where he became distressed watching clashes between pro- and anti-military council protesters.  Later that day, a neighbour called Ramy to inform him that his father had fallen ill.

"I found him repeating the sentence 'the Egyptians are killing each other'," Ramy revealed.

Ramy broke the news of his father's death on Twitter: "Galal Amer did not die. For how can an idea die? An idea lives forever. Goodbye father, I will see you soon."

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