Veteran actor Masood Akhtar dead at 80
LAHORE: Pakistan’s leading veteran actor Masood Akhtar has died at the age of 80. The actor had been undergoing treatment in a hospital for the past two months.
Masood Akhtar’s family sources confirmed the actor’s death, saying that Masood Akhtar died at a private hospital this morning. Masood Akhtar was suffering from lung cancer. He had earlier suffered a heart attack due to the sudden death of his young son. His funeral prayers will be offered at 4 pm today at Usman Park Gulshan Ravi.
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The veteran actor was reportedly admitted at the Ganga Ram Hospital on 28 January, on account of ill health, where he was receiving treatment. Talking about his condition, the actor’s wife said that he had been very ill due to which he had stopped eating and drinking, neither could he walk or talk. Akhtar’s wife had also appealed for prayers for his recovery.
The legendary Pakistani actor was born on September 5, 1940, in Sahiwal. He began his artistic career in the 1960s and soon became one of the most popular actors in the theater. Nazir Zaigham played a significant role in refining his art.
Akhtar has performed in numerous television dramas and films and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Excellence on August 14, 2005, by the Government of Pakistan for his artistic services.
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It is pertinent to note that Masood Akhtar lost his son five months ago, due to the same disease. According to his wife, Akhtar loved his son dearly and since his passing, had suffered depression. He was always remembering our son, she said.
Masood Akhtar has to his credit projects like Sangdil (1968), Soughat (1970), Japani Guddi (1972), Baadal (1974), Roti, Kapra Aur Insan (1977), and many more.
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