Tunisia health minister dies after taking part in charity run

Published: October 09, 2017 17:33:34 | Updated: October 25, 2017 05:30:10


Tunisia's health minister has died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to help fight cancer.

Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres, and died in a military hospital, the health ministry said, reports BBC.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said he had lost a brother and colleague who had died "doing a noble humanitarian act".

The marathon was held in the coastal town of Nabeul on Sunday to raise funds to build a cancer clinic for children.

Chaker 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 long-serving ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

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