Twitter mourns the passing of legendary Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz in 2001 at the Damascus International Film Festival (Ramzi Haidar/AFP)
Heartbroken fans of Egyptian cinema have taken to social media today to express their sadness over the death of renowned actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz at the age of 70. Abdel Aziz, the star of eighties films El Aar (The Shame) and El Keef (Addiction) had been suffering from a long illness.
Twitter has witnessed an outpouring of grief from fans this morning, with #MahmoudAbdelAziz trending as his funeral takes place. Many referred to him as a “wizard” and an “artist”:
Goodbye, you wizard, #MahmoudAbdelAziz
A thousand blessings upon you, you wizard. #MahmoudAbdelAziz
#محمود_عبدالعزيز— الملكية/ غلا خالد (@Ghala_she) November 13, 2016
رحمك الله أيها الفنان المبدع والرائع دائما
أسوأ خبر سمعته كان من ضمن الفنانين المفضلين بالنسبه لي
الله يرحمه ويغفر له
May you rest in peace always you innovative and wonderful artist. This is the worst news for me among the deaths of artists. God bless his soul and forgive him.
An #artist from the age of the #greats RIP #MahmoudAbdelAziz
Many suggested that there were few in Egyptian cinema who could compare to his acting abilities:
#محمود_عبدالعزيز— Kareem EL Fewy (@Kareem_elfewy) November 13, 2016
من احلى و اجمل و اروع ما انجبت السينما و الدراما المصرية ... الله يرحمك
#MahmoudAbdelAziz One of the best, most beautiful and most wonderful things produced by Egyptian cinema and drama... Rest in peace.
The magician # Mahmod_abdaziz is gone, a philosopher of acting, he made us cry in tragedies and laugh to the point of madness in comedies. Did Egyptian cinema produce any better?
Others took the opportunity to share favourite scenes of his:
A great scene from #MahmoudAbdelAziz moving between pain and hope to make us smile without uttering a single word. Rest in peace.
Celebrities are among those who have paid tribute to Abdel Aziz, including Lebanese singer Elissa:
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz is one of the greatest genuine actors in the Arab world. He will truly be missed. May he rest in peace— Elissa (@elissakh) November 13, 2016
Egyptian singer Amr Diab:
God bless my friend the talented artist #MahmoudAbdelAziz and rest his soul in eternal peace. Goodbye you legend of Arab art.
And Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram:
أتقدّم بأحرّ التعازي من عائلة الفنان الكبير #محمود_عبدالعزيز الشعب المصري والعربي الله يرحمه ويسكنه فسيح جناته— Nancy Ajram (@NancyAjram) November 12, 2016
My deepest condolences go to the family of the great artist #MahmoudAbdelAziz of the Egyptian and Arab people and God bless his soul in eternal peace.
The Emirati singer Ahlam took the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of his roles:
Goodbye Refaat al-Gammal [character played by Abdel Aziz], who we loved since our early childhood, the wizard has gone and the knight has left. #MahmoudAbdelAziz
It is clear that the legendary singer will be missed by all.