Lebanese sources and newspapers have confirmed the death of Lebanese musician, Elias Al-Rahbani, at the age of 83.
It's been reported that the cause of death was Coronavirus after he was battling it for the past seven days.
Many Lebanese artists have expressed their shock at the news such as presenter Jamal Fayyad commenting: "The genius laugh is gone," and Rami Ayyash described Elias as "an owner of a pure heart and a lover of art and homeland."
Carole Samaha mourned the late musician by thanking him for his contributions to music legacy in Lebanon, while Nawal El-Zoghbi said that Lebanon has lost one of its most prominent creators.
The late musician was born in 1938, and is the younger brother of the late Legendary brothers, Assi and Mansour Al-Rahbani.
Elias worked as a musician (composer and arranger), songwriter, and orchestra conductor. He composed more than 2,500 songs, about 2,000 of them were in Arabic. He also composed soundtracks for twenty-five films, including Egyptian films, and also for soap operas, and classic piano pieces.
Elias Al-Rahbani composed a number of the most famous songs of Fairouz, such as El Ouda El Mensieh, Ya Tayr Al Warwar and Kan Al Zaman.
In addition, a large number of artists sang to his music such as Sabah, Wadih Al Safi, Melhem Barakat, Nasri Shams El Din, and Majida Al Roumi.
The audience got to know Elias Al-Rahbani closely as a judge in multiple talent shows such as Studio El Fan and Super Star. He was a guest of honor on seasons 10 and 11 of Star Academy to comment on the performances.
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