Bassem Mohsen was not a famous Egyptian, but he inspired many with his passion and belief in the Egyptian revolution.
Despite losing his left eye during the 2011 uprising that toppled the 30-year rule of the Mubarak regime, he continued to protest. He was arrested 2012, and later that year beaten by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
On Friday, he was shot in the head while participating in protests in the port city of Suez. He was transferred to Cairo and remained in critical condition before succumbing to his wounds Sunday.
His death has inspired many beautiful eulogies. In The Economist, he was remembered as a "child of the revolution," while the Egyptian news site Mada Masr wrote of constant presence during the revolution.
"For Bassem, the revolution, in its more basic configuration of justice and dignity, was a continuing business. It was a dream, and he labored for it," wrote the editors of Mada Masr.
During a week when several prominent Egyptian activists have been imprisoned for taking part in protests, Mohsen's death highlighted the difficult times faced by many Egyptian revolutionaries, as they watch the former police state return.
Many took to Twitter to remember Mohsen, and what he stood for, as they mourned his death.
Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
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