World says final goodbye to legendary Omar Sharif at packed-out Cairo funeral

Published July 12th, 2015 - 10:29 GMT
The Doctor Zhivago star was laid to rest on Sunday in a packed-out Egyptian funeral. (Mirror.co.uk)
The Doctor Zhivago star was laid to rest on Sunday in a packed-out Egyptian funeral. (Mirror.co.uk)

Doctor Zhivago star Omar Sharif was laid to rest today in a packed-out Egyptian funeral.

The Lawrence of Arabia actor passed away aged 83 after suffering a heart attack, and tributes have continued to flood in for the legendary star.

Today his close family and friends, along with stars, joined to say a final farewell at the grand mosque of Mushir Tantawi in Cairo.

According to reports, he will later be buried at El Sayeda Nafisa cemetery in the south of the city.

The casket was carried in covered in the Egyptian flag and a black shroud, as mourners gathered to say a final farewell.

Among those attending were actor Hussein Fahmy and former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawas.

Fahmy reportedly described Sharif as "a man who loved Egypt and represented the Egyptian art in its best form."

"Somebody that we're going to miss for a very long time," he added.

One of the world’s best bridge players, the Egyptian-born actor’s fiery temper and womanising ways earned him a reputation as the knave of hearts.

But despite his success, he declared he was “always one film behind my debts”.

Sharif, who battled Alzheimer’s in his later years, died in hospital in Cairo after suffering a heart attack, his agent Steve Kenis announced.

His death comes 18 months after that of Lawrence of Arabia co-star Peter O’Toole.

Tributes have flooded in for the Oscar nominee and three-time Golden Globe winner.

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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