Former President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi on Monday died in a Cairo hospital after collapsing during a court session.
“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 told AFP.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, an ally of Morsi, described the former president as a “martyr” while paying tribute to him.
Naija News reports that Morsi, 67 was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but spent just one year in office after the 2011 uprising before he was ousted by the army in 2013.
Morsi has been on trial since his overthrow for several cases including for spying for Iran, Qatar and militant groups such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He was also accused of plotting terror acts.
Since his overthrow on July 3, 2013, his former defence minister now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has waged an ongoing crackdown targeting his supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood with thousands jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.