Morsi's Son, Who Accused Egyptian Authorities of Killing His Father, Dies at Age 24

Abdullah Morsi, the youngest son of the deposed Islamist president, died of cardiac arrest, according to his lawyer

Algerian protesters carry a photo of Egyptian ex-president Mohamed Morsi during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Friday, June 21, 2019.
Anis Belghoul,AP

A son of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 24, his family's lawyer said, less than three months after his father's dramatic death in a Cairo courtroom.

Abdullah Morsi, the youngest son of the deposed Islamist president, was driving his car when he suffered a cardiac arrest which led to his immediate death, lawyer Abdel Moniem Abdel Maksoud told dpa.

The lawyer added a friend who was with Abdullah managed to stop the car and took him to a hospital in Hadayek al-Ahram district near Cairo.

He said that his family was finalizing measures for the funeral and burial.

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Abdullah had been arrested in October 2018 on charges of spreading false news, but was later released on bail.

Morsi, who became Egypt's first democratically elected leader in 2012 before being deposed in a military coup the following year, died on June 17 after he collapsed during a court session in Cairo.

Morsi  was on trial on charges of leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office. He had been tried in several different cases since his ouster in 2013.

Following Morsi's death, Abdullah had accused Egyptian authorities of killing his father. "They kill him. May God kill them," he wrote on Twitter on June 18.

He also said authorities had refused to allow their father to be buried at the family's cemetery in birthplace, his bthe Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

Morsi was quietly buried in eastern Cairo with only his family members present. And his family was prevented from holding funeral prayers and receiving condolences for their father.

The United Nations and rights groups had called for a thorough independent inquiry into the circumstances of the 67-year-old's's death, including the conditions of his detention.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has accused Egypt's government of having kept him in solitary confinement for more than five years, restricting medicine and serving him unhealthy food.

Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed "Morsi did not die of natural causes, he was killed."