Image: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Amr Nabil  /  AP
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, shown last week in his presidential palace, reportedly is ill. staff and news service reports
updated 2/14/2011 7:22:27 PM ET 2011-02-15T00:22:27

Egypt's ambassador to the United States says Hosni Mubarak may be in "bad health," the first word on the 82-year-old ousted president's health since he stepped down from office on Friday.

Speaking Monday on NBC's Today show, Sameh Shoukry said he had received the information about Mubarak but could not be more specific.

Two Cairo newspapers said Mubarak was refusing to take medication, suffering from depression and repeatedly passing out at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. There was no immediate confirmation of the reports.

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While the U.S. says Mubarak is in Egypt, other media reports have placed him in Abu Dhabi or Germany.

Mubarak had surgery in Germany last year to remove his gallbladder.

Last week, German publication Der Spiegel said Mubarak might go to Germany again for medical treatment.

"He's not in Germany, and he's not on his way," Steffen Seibert, the chief spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Sunday, according to a report in the International Business Times.

"This is a new round of rumors. There is absolutely no information that we have about this, and it would require him a visa to come here. So presumably we would know."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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