Egypt mourns Bassem Sabry
Political activist and blogger Bassem Sabry - YOUM7 (Archive)
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: Political activist and blogger Bassem Sabry died Tuesday evening after an accident at his apartment in Giza.

According to Youm7, Sabry fell off of a 9th floor balcony in Mohandiseen, Giza, after losing consciousness, possibly due to his diabetes. Sabry was a prominent journalist and commentator, as well as a frequent contributor to domestic and international media.

Sabry had gone to see an apartment he had purchased that was still under construction. When he didn’t come down, his driver discovered the body and called the police, reported Youm7.

Sabry was also a member of al-Dostor Political Party and a member of political communication committee at Hamdeen Sabbahi’s presidential campaign. The Sabbahi campaign issued a statement of mourning on its Facebook page and announced his funeral would be held at the Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandeseen, and a service for his family would be held at the al-Hamediya al-Shazeliya Mosque on Saturday.

Mohamed ElBaradei mourned him on his Twitter account saying, “I ask all revolution’s youth to pray for a companion and a noble man that we lost while we are in most need for him. Farewell Bassem Sabry.”

Director Amr Salama also mourned Bassem on his official Facebook account saying “When whining does nothing…the closest person to me dies while I’m alive. Words are too short to describe how close we were and how much I’ve learned from him. The noble die young.”

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, who also was present on the streets in Egypt during the January 25 Revolution, mourned Sabry on her official twitter account. She said, “Woke up to the news of @Bassem_Sabry passing. Angry and in disbelief. Sad..everyday a little more.”

Also Ikhwan web, the official English website for the Muslim Brotherhood, wrote on its Twitter account, “We mourn tragic death of Bassem Sabry, an exceptional human being,a voice of reason & patriotism will b deeply missed. [sic]”

Sabry was the son of producer and author Farouk Sabry, who owns the United Brothers for Cinema Production company, and brother of producer Walid Sabry. He participated in the January 25 Revolution and his Twitter account has 113,000 followers.

Yanair news website republished Sabry’s last article, originally published on March 21, 2014, in which he expressed how he wanted Egypt to grow stronger and its people to have a better life;  “I would like to warn the reader from the enormous amount of perfection that could cause him to be sick in the upcoming words of mine in the article, yet I also want to say that the reader’s only condolence is that the writer himself is a person that knows very well he is far from being that perfect.”

Sabry’s last tweet on April 28, 2014 read, “if everybody has lost their minds, how do you know you have not?”

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  1. Leslie Wilson
    April 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Perhaps it really was only a tragic accident, but it could also be that Bassem Sabry was the kind of leader and unifier that the powers that be would want to get out of their way.

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