The former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsy, has died suddenly, reported CNN. The president, who was in 2013, was the country's first democratically elected leader.
News of his death is reported by the Egyptian state media. He was 67 at the time of his passing.
Morsy had been on trial for an espionage case when he suffered a heart attack. He had been granted a request to make a statement when he fainted. Shortly after, he was taken to a hospital where he passed away.
Morsy, who was educated in Southern California, was a strict Islamist, noted CNN. He was voted into power in June 2012 following the 2011 Arab Spring uprising the year prior.
He was in power for a year when he became "an authoritarian leader who forced through a conservative agenda." In 2013, Morsy and the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood movement were ousted in a coup. Morsy and the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, were placed on trial.
"In 2015, he was sentenced to death over a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising and to life on espionage charges after being convicted of conspiring with Palestinian group Hamas, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and other foreign organizations," recalls CNN.
A year later, those sentences were overturned, but he still had to serve several other shorter sentences. In 2017, a report from a panel commissioned by Morsy's family and made up of British Parliamentarians said that the conditions of his detention "would constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment," and "could meet the threshold for torture in accordance (with) Egyptian and International law."
The panel wrote that Morsy is receiving inadequate medical care "which is likely to lead to premature death."
Prayers for his family on his passing.