Omar Sharif dies at the age of 83

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The star of Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl and Lawrence of Arabia died of a heart attack in Cairo on Friday, according to his agent.

Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. The Egyptian actor, best known for roles in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, suffered a heart attack in Cairo on Friday, his agent Steve Kenis said.

In May his son revealed the star had been suffering from Alzheimer’s. His son, with ex-wife and fellow actor Faten Hamama, and two grandsons survives him.

Sharif was Oscar nominated for his role in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and went on to win a Golden Globe for his performance. It was his first English language role, after appearing in over 20 Egyptian films.