Tunisia’s health minister, 56-year-old Slim Chaker, has died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to help fight cancer.
The minister fell ill after running some 500 metres, and died in a military hospital, the health ministry said.
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.
Mr 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.