Fans of the famous Egyptian singer Amr Diab found they paid for fake tickets to see the star perform in Turkey.

Diab's office has reportedly denied any involvement in the mix-up adding the singer had not even scheduled a concert there.

A Turkish contractor allegedly sold tickets for $50 (Dh183) to see Diab perform live in concert in Istanbul.

The Egyptian Consulate contacted Diab's office for clarification but was told that no agreements had been signed by Diab to hold a concert in Turkey.

More rumours surround Diab as he continues to grieve over the sudden death of lifelong friend and drummer, Ashraf Fouad.

The latest suggest Diab's retirement from the music industry.

Father and son

Amr Diab was born in Port Said, Egypt, into an artistic family.

His father, Abdul Basset Diab, worked for the Suez Canal Corporation where he was chairman of marine construction and shipbuilding.

He encouraged the young Diab to sing.