Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who ruled Egypt for over 30 years and was removed from power by an uprising has died at 91 years of age. Egyptian State TV confirmed his death. Mubarak died at Cairo hospital where he had recently undergone surgery. He is survived by wife Suzanne and his sons, Gamal and Alaa.
Mubarak ascended to power following the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981.
His political career was launched in 1975 with his appointment to the vice-presidency by then, president, Anwar Sadat.
Mubarak was born in a rural village in the Nile Delta on May 4, 1928. He left behind a complicated legacy as his rule was partly characterized by corruption, police brutality, political repression, and entrenched economic problems.
Mubarak was widely viewed as a war hero for playing a pivotal role in the 1973 war to liberate Sinai from Israeli occupation.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years and his time as president was one of relative peace and stability in Egypt. It was also one marred by corruption scandals and allegations of abuse power.
18 days of protests in 2011 eventually forced Mubarak from office. Mubarak, along with his two sons and several political aides, was later arrested and sent to prison but was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.
Mubarak was praised for not fighting protesters in 2017. Critics and supporters say his actions helped keep Egypt from a civil war.
He refused all offers to leave Egypt to live in exile following the uprising.