Tunisian health minister dies of heart attack after marathon

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 09.10.2017 18:54
Updated 09.10.2017 21:18
This file photo taken on September 11, 2017 shows Tunisian health minister Slim Chaker (C) attending a parliamentary session in Tunis. (AFP Photo)
This file photo taken on September 11, 2017 shows Tunisian health minister Slim Chaker (C) attending a parliamentary session in Tunis. (AFP Photo)

Tunisia's health minister died of a heart attack during a charity marathon to raise awareness about cancer on Sunday.

The 56-year-old minister Slim Chaker reportedly felt ill after running 500 meters right before his speech in the coastal town of Nabeul to raise funds for building a clinic for children with cancer.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed wrote on Facebook that he had lost a "brother and colleague", who had died doing a noble humanitarian act.

Chaker, a former adviser to President Beji Caid Essebsi, was appointed health minister last month in a major cabinet reshuffle.

He was a former banker who had served in the ministries of finance, sports and youth after the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

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