Breaking News: Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Dies In Court

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP/Amr Nabil)

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in a Cairo hospital, after fainting during a session in court, judicial and security sources confirm. He was 67.

“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 says.

The official Al-Ahram news website also reported the death of Morsi, who was Egypt’s first democratically elected president, but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him in July 2013.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday pays tribute to former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who died in a Cairo hospital after fainting during a court session, calling him a “martyr.”

“May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace,” says Erdogan, who had forged close ties with Morsi.

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