Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s recently-deceased Mubarak-era spy chief, died of a blood illness that was only discovered within the last couple of days, the Egyptian embassy in Washington DC declared in a statement on Thursday.
Suleiman, who had been responsible for the contentious Israel/Palestine file under Egypt’s ousted president, passed away at a US hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday morning.
Arrangements to transfer his body back to Egypt for burial have already been made, according to the embassy.
The embassy statement contradicts reports by Egypt's state-run news agency MENA, which had earlier reported that Suleiman had developed a lung disease several months ago that had later caused heart problems.
According to MENA, Suleiman’s health had deteriorated noticeably over the past three weeks.