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A veteran member of Egypt's old guard, Omar Suleiman, passes away.
Omar Suleiman, Egypt's former head of intelligence and a once-powerful figure close to deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, passed away today in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Reuters.
Suleiman aide and a senior security official Hussein Kamal told Reuters that his death during medical tests "came suddenly," but did not elaborate further.
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His body will be flown to Egypt for burial, said BBC.
Mubarak appointed Suleiman vice president in the heady days leading up to the former president's February overthrow by popular protest. Suleiman's attempts to appease angry protesters during the period largely failed, reported Reuters.
He was named head of the powerful Egyptian General Intelligence Services in 1993, a role that saw him heavily involved in Egypt's foreign relations, according to Reuters.
After Mubarak's ousting, Suleiman attempted to run for president in the country's recent vote but was unable to secure the number of signatures required, said Reuters.