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Former Egyptian Intelligence Chief Dies in US

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Former spy chief and presidential candidate Omar Suleiman talks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Cairo April 14, 2012. The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualified 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including Sulei

Former spy chief and presidential candidate Omar Suleiman talks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Cairo April 14, 2012. The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election disqualified 10 candidates from the race on Saturday, including Sulei

Omar Suleiman, Egypt's longtime intelligence chief and a top aide to ousted president Hosni Mubarak has died. He was 76.

Egypt's official MENA news agency said Suleiman died early Thursday at a hospital in the United States, but did not give further details. An aide said he was undergoing tests at a facility in Cleveland.

Suleiman was appointed vice president during the revolt last year against Mubarak's rule, after serving as intelligence chief for nearly two decades.

He attempted to run in the country's recent presidential election, but was disqualified after failing to get enough signatures to back his bid.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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