Ex-Sierra Leone VP erroneously reported dead in Israel
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Ex-Sierra Leone VP erroneously reported dead in Israel

Channel 2 says Samuel Sam-Sumana suffered fatal heart attack while recovering from hip replacement operation, later pulls report

Samuel Sam-Sumana attended the Third International Rough Diamond Conference in Israel in 2008. (screen capture: YouTube)
Samuel Sam-Sumana attended the Third International Rough Diamond Conference in Israel in 2008. (screen capture: YouTube)

Israeli television erroneously reported that a former vice president of Sierra Leone died of a heart attack in Israel while recovering from hip surgery he underwent in an Israeli hospital.

Channel 2 on Saturday reported that Samuel Sam-Sumana, 53, who was ousted from his party earlier this year, came to Israel two weeks ago to undergo hip replacement surgery at a private hospital.

The TV report said on Saturday paramedics were called to the Netanya hotel where he was recovering from the surgery and pronounced the former politician dead at the scene after unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him.

The ex-vice president, however, is said to be alive and well.

Channel 2 has since pulled the report from its website.

In March, Sumana was expelled by President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All People’s Congress (APC) party after an investigation accused him of creating his own rival political movement and fomenting violence in his in diamond-rich home region of Kono, in eastern Sierra Leone. He was formally sacked by the president after he fled to the US embassy and sought asylum.

Editor’s note: The Times of Israel reported Sam-Sumana’s death, based on the Channel 2 report. This article has been updated to reflect the error.

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