Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Ghaffar died in the early hours of Friday due to a sudden heart attack, the culture ministry revealed.
The Culture Minister, Ines Abdel-Dayem commented that the art scene lost one of the most important personalities of Egyptian theater, film and television. She refered to the artist as a model in diligence, perseverance and faith in the value of art and its message.
"Abdel-Ghaffar's artistic career will remain the best testament to his respect for serious creativity," Abdel-Dayem added.
Born on 20 January 1961, Abdel-Ghaffar was best known for his roles in Ala Ganb Ya Asta (2008), Kalabsh (2017) and Hekayat Howa wa Heya (1985).
While he began as a theatre actor in Talia (Avant-garde) theatre and was a member of the Theatre Artists Syndicate, Abdel-Ghaffar also explored film and cinema.
His television career launched in the 1980s as he created numerous unique secondary characters.
His name is also engraved in TV series such as Dumou Fi Oyoun Waqiha (1980), Akhou Al Banat (1984), Alf Lilah Wa Lilah (1986), Sharei Al Mawardi (1995), among many others.
In the 2000s, Abdel-Ghaffar appeared in several films including Belia we demagho El alia (2000) acting opposite Mohamed Henedy, Askar fi el-mu'askar (2003) directed by Muhammad Yasin and also starring Mohamed Henedy.
One of his most recent film appearances was in Ot W Far directed by Tamer Mohsen (2015), starring Muhammad Farrag, Mahmoud Hemida and Suzan Najm Aldeen.
The prayers and funeral of Abdel-Ghaffar took place at noon in Cairo.