Legendary Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz dies

Abdel Aziz was hospitalized last month after a bout of illness and was said to have been in a coma since then

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Egypt’s most renowned television and film actor, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, died on Saturday after a long struggle with illness, the Ministry of Culture announced on Saturday evening.

The iconic actor, who starred in more than 90 feature films and worked under some of Egypt’s most celebrated directors, has died aged 70.

Aziz died on Saturday evening “in hospital in Cairo, at the end of his fight against illness,” Sameh al-Sirity, from the Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate, told AFP.

His funeral will be held on Sunday in a mosque in a suburb of the capital.

Born in 1946 in the coastal city of Alexandria, Aziz cut his teeth in a string of television series before making the leap to the big screen.

He was most known for his role in the 1991 film “Al Kit-Kat”, where he played an eccentric blind man who dreams of riding a motorcycle.

Although a comedy, the film, directed by Egyptian realist filmmaker Daoud Abdel Sayed, was critically acclaimed for its searing social commentary.

In 2001’s “The Magician”, Aziz plays a single father who falls in love with his next-door neighbor, whose husband has recently left her to raise her son alone.

Aziz, who was admired for his ability to reinvent himself throughout his career, took a controversial role in “Raafat El-Hagan”, a 1980s television drama depicting the life of an Egyptian spy in Israel.

He was married to Egyptian actress Poussy Chalabi and is survived by two sons, Mohamed and Karim.

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