Omar Sharif released from hospital after recovering from ailment
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CAIRO: Lawrence of Arabia star, Omar al-Sharif, was released from Al-Gouna hospital near Hurghada Wednesday evening after recovering from an ailment, Youm7 reported.

The 83-year-old actor is in a stable condition after being struck down by a fever due to food poisoning at a hotel in the tourist resort of Gouna, 470 km away from Cairo.

Five days ago, Sharif’s son, Tarek, told the Sunday Times that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s, saying “There are moments when he’s better but others when he gets extremely bewildered…It’s obvious that it’ll only get worse.”’

Alexandria-born actor married late Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955, and had their son Tarek together; however, they divorced in 1974.

Tarek revealed that his father did not realize that Hamam had passed away in January.

Sharif’s last movie was Hassan and Morqos with the Egyptian actor Adel Imam.  He acted in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965) for which he got Golden Globe Award in 1966. He also acted in Funny Girl movie in 1968.

World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled Alzheimer’s disease as “ultimately fatal.”

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