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Egyptian fans bid farewell to actor Khaled Saleh

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Thousands of fans and several Egyptian actors on Friday bid farewell to television and film star Khaled Saleh, who died at the age of 50 after complications following a heart surgery.

The funeral of Saleh, who is widely considered to be one of Egypt’s best actors, was held after his body arrived Thursday night from Aswan, where he died.

His first film debut was in 1999 when he played the role of an intelligence officer in the film Gamal Abdel-Nasser, which depicted the life of Egypt’s former president.

He also made an appearing the same year in the television series that portraying the life of late Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

The actor went on to appear in several movies, such as director Tarek Al Eryan’s 2004 film “Tito,” Marwan Hamid’s depiction of Alaa al-Aswany’s novel “The Yacoubian Building,” late Youssef Chahine’s “Heya Fawda” or (La Chaos) and Khaled Youssef’s “Alrayes Omar Harb.”

He also had roles in a number of successful TV soaps aired during the holy month of Ramadan, including “Tager el-Saada” (The Vendor of Happiness) and “Al-Rayan.”