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Omar Sharif buried in Cairo

Published 13/07/2015

Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif was laid to rest in his native country Egypt on Sunday.

The actor, who is best known for his role in classic film Lawrence of Arabia, passed away at the age of 83 from a heart attack last Friday.

And BBC News reports Omar’s funeral was held Egypt, his native country, on Sunday.

Crowds of mourners gathered to bid farewell to the beloved thespian.

Funeral service attendees included Omar’s only child, son Tarek El-Sharif, and his good friends Hussein Fahmy and former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawas.

At the funeral, actor Hussein praised Omar as “a man who loved Egypt and represented the Egyptian art in its best form".

"[Omar is] somebody that we're going to miss for a very long time,” Hussein emphasised.

Prominent archaeologist Zahi also had kind words for his late friend.

“The world lost a great actor,” Zahi noted. “As a movie star, he will not be repeated again. He was unique.”

Omar’s funeral took place at the Hussein Tantawi Mosque, which is located in a Cairo neighbourhood in the eastern part of the capital city.

After the funerary ceremonies took place, it’s claimed Omar’s body was buried at El Sayeda Nafisa cemetery, burial grounds located in the south of Cairo.

He was well-beloved by his contemporaries and subsequent generations.

Famous American actress-and-singer Barbra Streisand, who worked with Omar in 1968 romantic musical film Funny Girl, heaped praise on her co-star after she learned of his death.

“He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I'm profoundly sad to hear of his passing.”

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