Egyptian actor Hassan Youssef mourns death of his youngest son

Abdullah Youssef drowned on Saturday, Egypt's Actors' Syndicate announced

Hassan Youssef at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. His son died aged 35. AFP
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Condolences are being paid to Egyptian actor Hassan Youssef after the death of his son.

Abdullah Youssef drowned off the northern coast of Egypt on Saturday. He was 35.

The news was announced on Sunday by Egypt's Actors' Syndicate, which reportedly stated that Abdullah's body had been taken to El Alamein Hospital.

Abdullah's uncle and producer Mohamed Youssef led online tributes from the Egyptian film industry.

"There is no power or strength except with God. We belong to God and to Him we shall return," he said on Facebook.

"He is the youngest son of my older brother. He passed away yesterday, may God bless him."

Actor Essam El Sakka posted a picture of Hassan on his Twitter account.

"The death of Abdullah, son of the artist Hassan Youssef. May God have mercy on him, forgive him and grant patience to his family," he said.

Director and television presenter Omar Zahran also paid his condolences to the grieving family and wished them "patience and solace".

Hassan is one of Egypt's most prominent actors with a career spanning more than 50 years.

His key works include the television dramas Layali Al Helmiya (1987) and Zeinab Wal Arsh (1980).

He was last seen on the small screen in the 2019 Ramadan drama Al Dhaher.

Updated: July 30, 2023, 9:54 AM