Famous comedian, stage actor and host Omar Sharif's 65-year-old family appeared to be ill after his picture went viral, his family explained.
A day earlier, a picture of Omar Sharif went viral on social media, in which he could be seen in a wheelchair, apparently ill. The photo was shared on a Twitter account created in Omar Sharif's name and prayers were also requested.
Seeing the actor in a state of illness, there was a wave of concern among many people and people across the country were seen praying for him. After the photo went viral, the actor's family told an English newspaper that Omar Sharif was fine and at home.
اپنی دعاؤں میں ضرور یاد رکھا کریں۔ pic.twitter.com/v1zBI2MAUn— Umer Shareef (@UmerShareefPk) August 31, 2021
The Express Tribune reported, citing sources close to the actor's family, that Omar Sharif's family had confirmed that the photo had been taken some time ago when the actor had gone to the hospital for a minor check-up. According to the actor's family, Omar Sharif is fine and at home at the moment and there is nothing to worry about yet, don't believe the viral image.
However, the actor's sources did not specify whether Omar Sharif has been diagnosed with any disease, but said that in the past he has been undergoing heart tests. There have been rumors on social media about Omar Sharif's illness for some time now. The actor was also seen in a wheelchair during a property dispute between him and his third wife in July this year.
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Fans were upset to see Omar Sharif in a wheelchair and apparently ill during a property dispute with his third wife, Zareen Ghazal, in the Sindh High Court in July. Earlier in May this year, he had participated in Nida Yasir's show, where although he was fine, his manner of speaking had spread rumors among the people that he was not fit.
In Nida Yasir's program, Omar Sharif had admitted that he had three marriages and divorced his second wife, stage actress Shakila, in just three years. In the same program, he praised Zareen Ghazal and called her a decent woman, while he also called his first wife Diba a good woman.
Omar Sharif's illness has been reported in the past and in 2017, a picture taken of him in a hospital bed went viral, after which his family issued an explanation. His family reported in 2017 that the actor had a minor chest infection when news spread that he had cancer, while rumors of his death were circulating on some social media pages.
In February last year, Omar Sharif was quoted as saying that his daughter had died due to the negligence of an illegal kidney transplant group. The actor was still seen in a critical condition. After the death of his daughter, Omar Sharif was mostly seen away from social media, while due to old age, he has been away from showbiz engagements for a few years.
He has worked in showbiz for almost 5 decades and has performed in dozens of plays, stage theaters and live shows.