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Omar Sharif buried in Cairo

Egyptian movie star Omar Sharif has been buried in Cairo following a quiet funeral attended by family and several actors.

The Egyptian-born actor soared to international stardom in two epics, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, the former of which earned him a supporting-actor Oscar nomination.

Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital on Friday at the age of 83.

Mourners gathered for funeral prayers at the Hussein Tantawi Mosque in south Cairo today and Sharif was later buried at the El Shafie cemetery.

Sharif's son, Tarek, said in May that his father had Alzheimer's disease.

Sharif also appeared in the films Funny Girl, Che! and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.


From Belfast Telegraph