Ousted Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, collapses and dies in court during trial

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The ousted Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi on Monday collapsed in court and died, State TV reported.

The former president was being tried on espionage charges when he blacked out and died. Morsi’s body was taken to a hospital, according to state TV.

“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 told Agence France-Presse.

Mohammed Morsi was 67 at the time of his death.

The troubled former Egyptian politician, who hailed from Egypt’s largest Islamist group, the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, served as the fifth President of Egypt, from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013, when General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi removed him from office through  coup d’état after massive protests in Egypt in June 2013.

A crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood that followed after he was booted out of the office resulted in Morsi and other group leaders’ arrests.

Morsi inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015

The late Mohammed Morsi had been serving a seven-year sentence for falsifying his candidacy application for the 2012 presidential race.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had forged close ties with Morsi, called him a “martyr” on Monday, NYpost reported.

“May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace,” said Erdogan.

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