File - Farouk el-Fishawy.
CAIRO – 25 July 2019: Veteran actor Farouk el-Fishawy died at the age of 67 after a struggle with cancer disease.
Fishawy revealed on October 3, 2018 during the opening of the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival’s 34th edition that he has cancer.
After being honored, he said that his doctor informed him of this news, adding that he will strongly face the disease, and will deal with it as a simple headache.
“I will defeat the disease with determination and will, and next year I will be here again at the very same festival,” Fishawy told the attendees.
Fishawy suffered a severe health deterioration in the last few days and entered into a deep coma.
His last work was his participation in the successful Egyptian play “King Lear” alongside prominent actor Yehia el-Fakharani. The play was staged Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement.
It is worth noting that Fishawy performed on stage after a hiatus of 18 years; his last play was “El-Nas Eli Fel Talet” in 2001 for veteran playwright Osama Anwar Okasha.
"King Lear" stars Yehia el-Fakharani, Rania Farid Shawky, and Riham Abdel Ghafour, among others.
Fishawy is a famed Egyptian actor and producer. He was married to Egyptian actress Somaya el-Alfy. His son Ahmed el-Fishawy is one of the prominent actors in modern Egyptian cinema.
He was previously awarded the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actor in a leading role.
Also Fishawy was honoured in the Khartoum Arab Film Festival's fourth edition that ran from Oct. 20-25 in Sudan.
The National Theater Festival, under the chairmanship of Ahmed Abdel Aziz, announced the honouring Fishawy during its 12th edition scheduled to be launched on August 17.