Noted actor Saleh Ahmed dies at 83

Celebrated actor Saleh Ahmed, who enthralled audiences with his performances in several plays of Humayun Ahmed and films in the 1990s, has died at the age of 83.

Published : 24 April 2019, 10:06 AM
Updated : 24 April 2019, 12:09 PM

He passed away during treatment at Dhaka’s Apollo Hospital on Wednesday, Ahsan Habib Nasim, the general secretary of television actors' association Obhinoy Shilpi Sangha, told

The veteran actor was suffering from various old-age issues. Saleh lost the ability to walk after a stroke nearly six years ago.

He was admitted to the Apollo Hospital after his health took a turn for the worse, said Nasim.

Born in Bogura's Saria Kandi, the actor had served in the Department of Public Health Engineering. He made his debut as an actor with a theatre group at an early age.

He took to acting on a regular basis following his retirement from public service in 1991.

Ahmed performed in many teleplays including 'Aoymoy', 'Aaj Robibar', 'Kothao Keu Nei', directed by Humayun Ahmed, who convinced him return to acting.

He subsequently featured in Humayun Ahmed's films 'Amar Ache Jol', 'Shrabon Megher Din', and 'Aguner Poroshmoni'.

Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina had donated Tk 2.5 million last January to pay for the treatment of ailing actor, who was a recipient of the highest civilian award Swadhinata Padak (Independence Award) for his contributions to the Bangladesh.

His Namaz-e-Janaza will be held after Maghrib prayers on Wednesday. He will be laid to rest at his family graveyard in Dhaka's Uttarkhan area.

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