How 2016 was a deadly year for Arab celebs too
Departures of stars including Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Rateb as well as global stars George Michael and Prince
Was 2016 the year of the celebrity death in the Arab world? With the departures of stars including Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Rateb as well as international stars George Michael and Prince, it certainly feels like it.
Many will agree that 2016 has, to put it very bluntly, sucked. And in addition to everything else that has been taking place across the world, this year has seen many celebrities leave this world.
Here are just some of the Arab and international stars we said goodbye to.
Mamdouh Abdel Alim
January kicked off with a death that shook the Arab entertainment world. The Egyptian actor Mamdouh Abdel Alim died suddenly after suffering a severe heart attack while he was at the gym in Gezira Sporting Club. He was 60.
Fairouz Al Sagheera
Affectionately known as Fairouz Al Sagheera – or little Fairouz – the former child star, known for films including ‘Dahab’ and ‘Fairouz Hanim’, passed away after being admitted to hospital. She was 72.
International stars who departed include: David Bowie (69), Alan Rickman (69), Glenn Frey (67)
The Syrian director, considered one of the founders of his homecounty’s cinema industry, died at the age of 78 due to illness.
International stars who departed include: All four members of the band Viola Beach
Marred by ill health for over a decade, Egyptian actor Sayed Zayan passed away at the age of 73.
International stars who departed include: Prince (57)
The Egyptian actor died unexpectedly following a heart attack. He was just 55. Tragically, Wael was expecting a baby with his wife, who was born 10 days later.
International stars who departed include: Former Megadeath drummer, Nick Menza (51)
International stars who departed include: Muhammad Ali (74),
Christina Grimmie (22), Anton Yelchin (27), Bill Cunningham (87)
The Kuwaiti sitcom actor passed away following an accident during an Eid Al Fitr holiday in Cairo.
The child actor found fame playing a lead character in the series ‘Umm Abdou the Aleppan’. The show became the first sitcom to be produced in a rebel-held part of Syria and was filmed entirey inside Aleppo. Tragically, the 14-year-old was killed as he reportedly tried to escape during misile strikes of the city.
Famous for his roles where he played a foreigner, the Egyptian actor passed away at the age of 61. The cause of his death is unknown.
Syrian actor Khalil Haddad died of a heart attack in his home city of Aleppo. He was 57.
The celebrated Egyptian director passed away at the age of 73 following a short illness.
The Egyptian actor lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72.
International stars who departed include: Abbas Kiarostami (76)
Known for giving up a career in medicine in order to pursue acting, the Egyptian is known for his roles in film including ‘Wesh Egram’, ‘Hassan Tayara’, and ‘Matab Sena’aey’. It is not clear how old he was.
The Lebanese singer – who was allegedly discovered by Fairouz in the 60s – lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 77.
International stars who departed include: Kenny Baker (81), Gene Wilder (83)
The famous Kuwaiti actor died after a long illness. He was just short of celebrating his 70th birthday.
International stars who departed include: ‘8 Mile’ director Curtis Hanson (71)
Known by his fans as Abou Majd, the Lebanese singer, songwriter, and composer passed away in hospital at the age of 71. He was battling cancer.
Bl alb الله يرحمك melhem barakat pic.twitter.com/POPWlggCZb— Khalil Chaabanne (@KhalilChaabanne) December 18, 2016
International stars who departed include: 90s sitcom actor Tommy Ford (52)
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz
Another massive shock for the Arab entertainment world was the death of Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, who passed away at the age of 70 after a long struggle ill health.
International stars who departed include: Leonard Cohen, 82
The Egyptian actor died following a heart attack. He was 67.
A much celebrated star of Egypt’s black and white films, the actress – who found fame in roles alongside the late Abdel Halim Hafez – died at the age of 76. It is said she was suffering from a form of cancer.
International stars who departed include: Alan Thicke (69), George Michael (53), Carrie Fisher (60), Debbie Reynolds (84), Zsa Zsa Gabor (99)