BEIRUT: Lebanon’s acclaimed producer and director Simon Asmar passed away on Wednesday after suffering from kidney disease.
Asmar’s body was transported from Rizk Hospital to the St. George Cathedral in Beirut. Prayer service was conducted at 3:00 p.m. that same day.
Following the funeral, the body will be taken to Ghazir and buried in the family cemetery. Condolences will take place after the prayer service and on Saturday.
The TV legend left behind years of major contributions to the field including “Studio al-Fan,” the TV program that trained and graduated a number of today’s stars. The show launched in 1972 and was the first of its kind in the Arab world.
“May God have mercy on you, Professor. You left a huge mark in the history of arts and television in the Arab world,” Elissa, Lebanon’s famous singer and one of Studio al-Fan graduates, tweeted.
Additionally, Asmar directed a number of entertainment, political, and cultural programs on LBCI. He then moved to MTV Lebanon where he worked until his last days.
His last TV appearance was in Celebrity Duets, MTV Lebanon.
Twitter flooded with posts by Asmar’s fans and admirers. They all agreed on one thing: the art scene in Lebanon and the Arab world will miss having him.
“Your death is a great loss for arts, televisions, and everyone else who knew you,” tweeted Fares Karam.
“You fought for arts and arts still need you,” Najwa Karam also tweeted.
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