Egypt lost another great: Protest poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died at 84
Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died on Tuesday morning. (Image: courtesy of almasryalyoum.com)
Renowned Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died on Tuesday morning at the age of 84, publisher Mohammed Hashem confirmed to Ahram Online.
Hashem said his last call with Negm was on Monday morning. He said Negm seemed fine but his voice was “a little heavy.”
Negm, born in Sharqiya on 29 May 1929, was one of Egypt’s most renowned vernacular poets of the second half of the 20th century. He was a protesting voice since 1967 when he wrote his famous poems on the Six Day War.
His poems were frequently heard at protests, and during the January 2011 uprising revolutionaries sang many of them, including The Brave Man is Brave.
His name was closely linked with singer and composer Sheikh Imam, who sang many of his protest poems.
Details of Negm's funeral are yet to be announced.