“Former vice president General Omar Suleiman died in the early hours of Thursday at a hospital in the United States,” Egypt’s state news agency MENA said.

There are no details about the cause of death.

Several days before Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, Suleiman was appointed vice president in January 2011 when the revolution gained momentum. He was directly involved in the killing of protesters.

Before the May poll in the country, Sulieman had officially registered as one of the presidential hopefuls in the country’s first-ever freely contested presidential elections.

His move caused extreme outrage and frustration among many Egyptians who were calling for the prosecution of deposed dictator Mubarak’s vice president as many believe that he played a key role in killing peaceful protesters and exporting gas to Israel way below market prices.

The Supreme Presidential Election Commission barred former intelligence chief Suleiman from the May elections.

Suleiman later left Egypt and went to Abu Dhabi with his relatives. He died in the US where he was undergoing medical tests at the age of 76.

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