Iconic Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy has died in a quarantine hospital, weeks after testing positive for the new coronavirus, state media reported on Sunday. She was 81.
Ashraf Zaki, the head of the Egyptian Actors Union said Ragaa al-Geddawy passed away this morning Sunday5th July due to COVID-19.
Gedawy had earlier in May tested positive for coronavirus was since been receiving treatment in an isolation hospital in Ismailia province East of Cairo.
Gedawy passes on at the age of 82years and was given a scientific send off today. No public funeral was arranged for health reasons.
A veteran actor, Gedawy boasted a lengthy and varied career during which she gained fame across the Arab world.
By the time of he death, she had finished filming for her latest TV series Laabet El Nesyan (Oblivion Game), which aired during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Prevailing literature states that Geddawy started out as a model before taking on acting roles from the late 1950s, including her first film Ghariba (The Stranger) in 1958.
She went on to act in more than 380 films, plays and television shows alongside some of the biggest names in Egyptian cinema.
She was also the niece of renowned belly dancer and actor, Taheya Carioca.