Faten Hamama's ex-husband Omar Sharif explains why he missed the iconic actress's funeral
Faten and Omar remained close friends despite their divorce. (Image: Algemeiner.com)
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As the world mourned the death of Egyptian cinema's iconic actress Faten Hamama on January 17, 2015, Egyptian actor Omar Sharif felt the pain of losing her more than anyone else did.
The silver fox was - luckily - married to the Egyptian beauty from 1955 - 1974, but was sadly unable to attend her funeral due to his health issues, reported Sayidaty.net.
"The shock of her death was too much for me, and I have to admit that I'm an old man, who can't cope with being around huge crowds of people because my health condition doesn't allow it. I had a heart attack in Paris several years ago because I was surrounded by large crowds of people at the Cannes Film Festival. God willing I will be making a special trip with my son to visit her grave and pay my respects.
"There's nothing that can be said but to pray that she rests in peace and may God give her family the patience to go on," Omar said.
The "Lawrence of Arabia" actor has reportedly said that he wishes he had the chance to meet up with the late actress after she had returned from a medical trip back to Cairo.
The grieving star went on to speak about Hamama's true value and career achievements.
"God bless her soul, she was so valuable, unique and irreplaceable. She's someone who will never be 'repeated' in all the years to come. She has worked on humanitarian projects and acted in many daring roles throughout her career.
"She fought for so many causes for women, children and other social issues through her elegant art; that's why she will always remain in people's minds and hearts and will forever be remembered for her great achievements," Omar concluded.