Veteran Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed passed away at 76 due to health problems, his son, film director Marwan Hamed, said.
Hamed died shortly after he was admitted to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Mohandessin district, Giza governorate.
The cause of Hamed's death was not officially announced, but he had reportedly suffered from heart, lung and liver problems that led to a heart attack.
The funeral prayers will be held after the Asr (afternoon) prayers on Saturday at the Police Officers Mosque in Giza’s Sheikh Zayed city. Asr prayers today are held at 2:47 pm, Cairo time.
*Hamed lived with and among the people. They were the source of his inspiration for his films and the characters who represent them. Read Ahram's full interview with Wahid Hamed last year.