Much-loved Kuwaiti ac­tor Ab­dul­rida dies at 78

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Dubai, UAE - Kuwaiti ac­tor, play­wright and co­me­dian Ab­dul­hus­sain Ab­dul­rida 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 Ab­dul­rida, 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.

The seventh of 14 chil­dren, Ab­dul­rida was born and raised in Kuwait and rose to star­dom through his satir­i­cal tele­vi­sion and the­atre work, largely crit­i­cal of Arab and global politics. Through­out a ca­reer launched in the 1960s and which stretched to May 2017, Ab­dul­rida tack­led is­sues in­clud­ing mass Arab em­i­gra­tion, the rise of po­lit­i­cal Is­lam and the plight of state­less peo­ple in the re­gion.

Ab­dul­rida also penned, and sang, the tune Mis­ter Bush in the early 1990s, ded­i­cated to former US pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush af­ter the Gulf War trig­gered by Iraq’s in­va­sion of Kuwait.

So­cial me­dia users from Saudi Ara­bia to Qatar took to Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book to mourn the loss of Ab- dul­rida. “Rough morn­ing. Emo­tions run­ning low. A mourn­ing na­tion. Ab­dul­hus­sain Ab­dul­rida is no longer here with us,” read one tweet from Kuwait. “May he rest in peace. Today we lost a piece of Kuwait,” an In­sta­gram user posted along­side a pic­ture of Ab­dul­rida. In May, Ab­dul­rida had ap­peared in the mas­sively pop­u­lar Selfie, a tele­vi­sion spe­cial that airs across the Gulf dur­ing Ra­madan.

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