Ragaa El-Gedaway has died from complications caused by the novel coronavirus.
It had been previously reported that the Egyptian star was recovering after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 24 – however the situation took a turn for the worst on June 2.
According to Arab News her daughter, Amira Mokhtar, confirmed the news on social media after the actress passed away in a hospital in Ismailia, Egypt. Mokhtar mentioned that the star is going to be buried in Egypt on July 5.
With a career that spanned throughout six decades, Ragaa was regarded as a symbol of elegance and talent both on the silver screen and in real life.
Winning the 'Miss Egypt' beauty pageant in 1958 kickstarted her career as an actress and throughout the years she portrayed various characters on screen, bringing to life an extensive range of Egyptian society personalities, from ‘beau monde’ fashionistas to working class heros. Working diligently into to her 80's, she was considered as one of the oldest working actors in the business.
Ragaa credited her successful career to her stable family life and is survived by her daughter Amira, granddaughter Rawda, and generations of mourning fans.
Lead image courtesy of Instagram/islam_abdelmalik