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Omar Suleiman, former Egyptian Vice President and reviled chief of intelligence for ex-president Hosni Mubarak, died in an American hospital on Thursday. The Egypt Independent reports that 76-year-old Suleiman suffered from lung and cardiac problems, and that he'd flown to Cleveland, Ohio three weeks ago to undergo treatment.

On Twitter, there was little in the way of sympathy:

Suleiman was a close ally to Mubarak, who was finally ousted from power by the popular Arab Spring uprising in February 2011. At the time, Suleiman was appointed vice-president and made a memorably short statement that brought Mubarak's 30-year authoritarian rule to an end. Suleiman later made a failed bid to run for president in Egypt's first free elections.

But Suleiman was most hated by many Egyptians for of his role, starting in 1993, as chief of intelligence. He was largely seen as the "spymaster" of the Egyptian regime, according to Foreign Policy Magazine.

Suleiman was also remembered for his partnership with the CIA for the extraordinary rendition program, in which suspected Islamist militants or terrorists were handed over to Egyptian authorities for questioning and possible torture. Suleiman, a pillar of Mubarak's authoritarian regime, waged a ruthless war against Islamic militants.

Other reactions noted the proximity of Suleiman's death with the bombing in Syria on Wednesday that killed three top Syrian military officials who were equally feared by their countrymen.

According to the Egypt Independent, Suleiman's body will be flown back to Egypt.

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