Egypt’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman has died in the United States where he was undergoing medical tests.
The 76-year-old was Hosni Mubarak’s vice-president during the last days of the dictator’s rule.
His death was unexpected – until recently he was said to have been in good health.
Suleiman tried to run for president earlier this year but was prevented from doing so for technical reasons.
Suleiman, who took over as intelligence chief in 1993, is said to have played a key role in Egypt’s relations with Israel, the Palestinians and the US.