Egyptian music icon Ammar El-Sherei dies
Ahram Online, Friday 7 Dec 2012
Ammar El-Sherei, the famous Egyptian musician and composer, dies aged 64 of heart failure in Cairo. He'd recently had cardiac surgery in London


Iconic musician and composer Ammar El-Sherei passed away on Friday due to heart failure. The 64-year-old had fought a long battle against illness.

El-Sherei had been in intensive care at Cairo's El-Safa Hospital for over two weeks after having cardiac surgery in London, Al-Ahram Arabic reports.

He was due to complete sound tracks for a number of television series when his health deteriorated. He was scheduled to have another operation in the USA or London.

President Mohamed Morsi had said the state would pay El-Sherei's medical expenses.

El-Sherei was born blind on 16 April 1948 in the village of Samalot, Upper Egypt. He studied music at school then attended a special school programme for blind people.

He graduated from the University Ain Shams, English department in 1970.

Composer, songwriter and performerEl-Sherei dedicated his life to music and pursued his musical education throughout his life.

He played the piano, harp, accordion and oud, focusing on the latter in recent years. He composed over 150 music pieces for television and radio, including the famous Raafat El-Hagan TV series, starring Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.

He also composed music for the theatre during the 1980s.

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