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Veteran Actor Ashraf Abdel Ghafour Dies in Horrific Car Accident at 81

Mon 04 Dec 2023 | 05:54 PM
Ashraf Abdel Ghafour
Ashraf Abdel Ghafour
Yara Sameh

Veteran Egyptian actor Ashraf Abdel Ghafour died after a car crash on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road on Sunday.

A report from security services stated that two people were injured following a collision in front of  Mountain View Park Compound in the middle of the 6th of October city. 

Public prosecutors are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Sources disclosed that the 81-year-old and his wife,70, were on their way to visit their daughter, actress Reham Abdel Ghafour when the accident occurred. 

The insiders added the late actor was using the GBS when another vehicle hit his car from behind.

The couple was taken to a nearby Sheikh Zayed Specialized Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment, however, Abdel Ghafour passed away from his injuries shortly afterward.

Police arrested a visual artist named Muhannad, 33, for four days pending investigation on two counts of manslaughter and wrongful injury. 

The late actor's funeral took place on Monday at the Police Mosque in Sheikh Zayed after noon prayer and was buried in his family cemetery on Al-Wahat Road.

The consolation marquee is being held at the Mosque on the following day.

Abdel Ghafour, born on 22 June 1942, graduated from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1963.

He began his acting career with theatrical productions such as "Lady Gulfidan" (1962), "Soliman El-Halabi" (1965), "Three Nights" (1965), "The Dead Without Graves" (1966), "Guevara's Death" (1968), "My Homeland Acre" (1968), and "The Fire and the Olives" (1969).

Abdel-Ghafour won the hearts of audiences through his roles in television series. This art form has undeniably represented most of his creative work, appearing in over 300 films, TV series, and theatrical productions over six decades.

He made his debut on the small screen with the 1967 TV series "Cairo and the People", followed by series such as "The Prayer of the Past", and "My Account with the Days".

The roles were followed by countless other titles, many of which were historical and religious dramas "Imam Malik", "The Judiciary In Islam", "Farewell Cordoba", "Omar Bin Abdul Aziz", and "Harun Al-Rashid".

He has also made his mark in cinema, appearing in films such as "El-Ghadab" (1972), "Sun and Fog" (1973), "El-Resala" (1976), and "She's Beautiful, and World of Love" (1977).

Abdel-Ghafour was awarded numerous awards for his roles and served as the jury of Egyptian theatre festivals.

The famous actor leaves behind his wife (who was also his cousin), two children, son Tamer, daughter Reeham (born 1978) who is also an actress, and grandchildren, whom he referred to as his "most important accomplishment," in a recent interview.

His most recent TV series "Rasheed (2023)", starring Reham Abdel Ghafour and Mohamed Mamdouh. 

He will make a posthumous appearance in the star-studded TV series "Al Serr".