Much-loved Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha dies
Amir deeply distressed
Kuwaiti actor, playwright and comedian Abdulhussein Abdulredha has died at the age of 78 after a career spanning decades that made him a household name across the Gulf. State news agency KUNA said Abdulredha, who had heart surgery in 2015, died of natural causes on Friday in London where he had been in an intensive care unit for two days.
HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed deep distress and grief at demise of Abdulredha. Kuwait has lost a great iconic personality in the field of theatrical art and a pioneer and celebrity in the Kuwaiti, Arab and Gulf theaters, the Amir stated on the somber occasion.
He recalled the artistic message of the stalwart artist and his dramatic and creative contributions over 40 years, namely dramatic and comedic works that will continue to be applauded and admired and would remain a school for those who would follow his steps with regards to his loyalty to the homeland and interaction with its causes. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad expressed admiration for Abdulredha’s great role in promoting and developing Kuwaiti drama. He prayed for the deceased’s soul and expressed solace for his bereaved family and fans.
The passing away of actor Abdulhussein Abdulredha is a great loss to the artistic and theatrical movement in Kuwait, the Gulf and Arab region, National Council of Culture Arts and Literature (NCCAL) General Secretariat said in a statement yesterday. The deceased was a remarkable model example as a committed and respected actor who dedicated his life for serving the national issues of his country and people, despite his long journey in struggling with his illness throughout various stages of his life.
He greatly contributed to developing the artistic movement in Kuwait and the Gulf region along with many companions in the domain, it added. He was known for his comedy works, presented various types of arts, namely acting, singing, playwriting, artistic production in theatre, TV and radio.
That made him worth of the title “the iconic figure of Kuwait and Gulf arts”, it said. Abdulredha contributed to establishing many theatrical groups since the early beginning of the artistic movement in Kuwait back in 1960s of the last century-like the national theater and the Arab theatre. He also founded “Funoon’ TV channel, it added. The works of the deceased offers a comprehensive reflection of the social life in Kuwait with all of its economic and political details, the statement said.
He shed light with distinguished artistic smartness on important events in the history of Kuwait, and conveyed the feelings of the Kuwaiti people with extreme transparency, it said. Out of NCCAL’s great recognition to the late actor, it named Al-Salmiya Theatre after his name before he passed away, and honored him in the opening ceremony of “Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture 2016” celebration, it said. NCCAL expressed its deepest sorrow for losing one of the most remarkable pillars of Kuwait artistic movement, offering its condolences to the family of the deceased and the Kuwaiti and Arab artists. — KUNA