Hollywood star died of a heart attack in a hospital in his native CairoHe have been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for some timeIn May his son Tarek shown that his father was fighting to recall anything about his hugely successful careerKnown for his charismatic good looks Sharif found fame starring in the classic films Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of ArabiaBy John Hall and Imogen Calderwood For Mailonline.

Doctor Zhivago star Omar Sharif has died aged 83, his agent confirmed today.

Terrible: Doctor Zhivago star Omar Sharif is understood to have died of a heart attack in a hospital in his native Cairo w he was resting after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

I ‘ll always miss him,’ wrote Antonio Banderas, who starred alongside Sharif in the 1999 movie The 13th Warrior, on Twitter.

Broadway performer Josh Gad, best known for voicing OIaf the snowman from Disney’s Frozen, tweeted: ‘Sad to learn about Omar Sharif.

Game of Thrones performer Eugene Simon added: ‘RENT Omar Sharif, what amazing work you brought the world.

Sharif met his wife Faten Hamama, at the time among the Middle East’s most successful female stars, when they were cast together in his debut movie, The Blazing Sun in 1954.They had one son, Tarek, who also appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri, aged eight.

Speaking of the performer’s illness last month, Sharif’s agent Steve Kenis said: ‘He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a while ago,’.

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