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Omar Sharif dies

Omar Sharif has passed away aged 83, his agent has confirmed.

The actor, who is best known for his role in classic film Lawrence of Arabia, was 83 and his agent confirmed earlier this year he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo," Steve Kenis added to the BBC today.

His son Tarek gave an interview to Spain's El Mundo newspaper in May, revealing his father's condition.

"It's difficult to determine what stage it's at," he told the publication. "It's obvious he'll never improve and it will get worse."

The Egypt-born star achieved great success over the years, receiving an Oscar nomination for his Lawrence of Arabia role and two three Golden Globes, two for the aforementioned film and another for Doctor Zhivago.

His son added that Omar remained relatively alert even towards the end.

"He still knows he's a famous actor. The loss of memory affects above all specific things, details like when he was in a specific place or who he acted within a specific film," Tarek continued.

"He remembers, for example, that it was Doctor Zhivago but he's forgotten when it was filmed.

"He can talk about the film but he forgets its name or he calls it something else instead like Lawrence of Arabia."

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