ISTANBUL (AA): Egypt’s former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at the age of 91, following years of illness, according to local media.
Youm 7 news website, which is known for being close to the Egyptian regime, reported the death of the former president.
Alaa Mubarak, son of the late president, had recently revealed that his father was in intensive care unit of a hospital due to health problems he didn’t disclose.
Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was forced to step down by a popular uprising in early 2011.
Born on May 4, 1928, Mubarak took power in Egypt in October 1981, succeeding the late President Mohamed Anwar Sadat.
He worked as a pilot in the Egyptian Air Force in Arish in 1950, then he was transferred to Helwan Military Airport in 1951.
He worked also as an instructor for the Air Force Academy, and he became the chief of staff for the academy in 1959.
Mubarak served for Cairo West Air Base until 1966 and he was appointed as director of the Air Force Academy in 1967.
He was promoted as brigade general in 1969 and then became commander of the Egyptian Air Forces and deputy defense minister in 1972.
Mubarak led the Air Force during the 1973 war, and was promoted to the rank of air marshal in February 1974. He was appointed as vice president in April 1975.
Mubarak assumed the presidency of Egypt for nearly thirty years, before being overthrown in a 18-day uprising. Around 841 protestors were killed and thousands were injured during the uprising.