Legendary actor Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. Sharif passed away earlier today in Cairo after suffering a fatal heart attack, according to a Friday, July 10 report from CNN. Omar Sharif’s death was confirmed by his agent, Steve Kenis who revealed that the Egyptian film star had been in failing health for several years and was hospitalized for the past month.
As previously reported, Sharif Omar had also been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The legendary actor is best known for “Lawrence of Arabia” Sharif’s son reveals he has been forced to retire from the industry due to the disease. Tarek El-Sharif, Omar’s son revealed in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Tarek claims that his father is struggling with his memory making work impossible for the 83-year-old star.
“My father has Alzheimer’s. It’s difficult to determine what stage it’s at. It’s obvious he’ll never improve and it will get worse.” Omar Sharif’s condition has gradually gone down hill over the past three years. He confuses names of his films among many other things from the crippling disease. Omar Sharif has a seven-decade long career in the entertainment industry. Omar according to his son began to struggle more and more every day. When his fans recognize him when he is out, he believes that it someone he used to know, but forgotten.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive degeneration of the brain with symptoms of memory loss, disorientation,and other intellectual impairment. It is reported to claim around 23,000 American’s lives each year. It is listed as the eighth leading cause of death among the elderly in the United States. Well know celebrities that have, or are battling the disease include, Charles Bronson, Perry Como,Rita Hayworth,Charlton Heston,Burgess Meredith,Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell,Glen Campbell and AC/DC’s Malcolm Young to name a small list.
Omar Sharif experienced worldwide fame, something that he had mixed feelings over Sharif stated in 1995. “I don’t know if I wouldn’t have been a happier person if I had never even made ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ or become internationally famous,” he said. “I was in Egypt. I had a home. I had a wife. I had a kid. I might have had more. It might have been good. But then again, it might have been terrible, I don’t know.”
During his multi-decade long career, Sharif starred in close to 100 movies. However due to the Alzheimer’s Omar’s son Tarek described his father as scared and “insecure” revealing he often refused to come out of his room. Before stricken with Alzheimer’s Sharif, who real name is Michel Demetri Chalhoub has a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University and became one of the top 10 bridge players in the world. Omar Sharif is survived by a son, Tarek El-Sharif, and two grandsons, Omar Sharif Jr., an actor, and Karim. Rest In Peace Omar Sharif.