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Tunisia health minister Slim Chaker dies of heart attack after marathon

  • Published at 06:17 pm October 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:09 pm October 10th, 2017
Tunisia health minister Slim Chaker dies of heart attack after marathon

Tunisia's health minister has died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to to raise awareness about cancer on Sunday.

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

He died in a military hospital.

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

According to The National. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed wrote on Facebook that he had lost a "brother and colleague".

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.