Legendary Syrian comedian killed in regime blast
One of Syria’s comedic legends Yasin Bakoush was killed Sunday night after being targeted inside his car in the Damascus neighborhood of Al Asali.
The Syrian opposition condemned the regime for firing an RPG missile which hit the 75-year-old’s vehicle and immediately resulted in his death.
The body was pulled out of the car by the Free Syrian Army, a tape uploaded to YouTube by activists showed.
An identification card along with a his passport appeared in the tape as evidence to confirm he was the target.
Syrian musician Malek Jandali, an opposition figure who has been a target for the regime since the escalation of the war wrote his condolences to all Syrian’s over Bakoush’s loss on his personal social media account on Facebook.
“RIP Yasin and all the innocent martyrs, civilian, women and children,” Jandali wrote in his post.
A father of 11, Bakoush was viewed as one of the main founders and leading figures of his generation in Syrian comedy. He was famously recognized for playing the role of a “mentally challenged” male, but was loved by people across his country.
“It’s such a shame to lose a figure who always painted smiles for all Syrians, even during the midst of our pain,” said a Syrian journalist who wished to remain unidentified. “ How can we relate the smile he always shared with the disturbing image the war has painted his end with?”
By Katherine Jane O’Neill