Kuwait: Thousands of Kuwaitis from various social, political and religious backgrounds gathered late on Wednesday afternoon to bury and pay homage to Abdul Hussain Abdul Redha, one of the most famous icons of the country.
The comedian died last week in London and his body was repatriated on Wednesday to a highly emotional reception marked by heavy hearts, open tears and sorrowful expressions.
Abdul Hussain Abdul Redha, known for his uproarious sense of humour and comedic body of work, died in a London hospital on Friday. He was 78.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, paid tribute to the actor on Twitter.
ودعت الكويت ومعها شعوب الخليج اليوم الفنان عبدالحسين عبدالرضا.. ودعنا ضحكة الخليج وفرحتها .. كل خليجي له وقت جميل معك .. أسعدك الله في مثواك pic.twitter.com/MBqpHiyxL6— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 16, 2017
Thanks to a rare combination of great skills, meaningful messages and dedicated work, the actor won the hearts and minds of millions of people over more than four decades.
Abdul Redha, affectionately known as “Abu Adnan”, after his eldest son’s name, died on Friday night in a London hospital, a city that he used as a backdrop to one of his most applauded satirical and symbolic comedies “Bye Bye London” about nouveau riche Arabs in the British capital.
“Get off my back, I’m in London to have fun, to change scenery and enjoy myself. I’m not in London to be hospitalised,” was a line ‘Abu Adnan’ said in the 1981 play “Bye Bye London,” Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) said in its homage to the actor.
Born on July 15, 1939 in Dirwazat Abdul Razzaq, Sharq, Kuwait, Abdul Redha was the seventh among 14 siblings.