Lebanese cultural and political figures mourned Tuesday the death of popular Lebanese Actor Issam Breidy, who was killed in a car accident one day earlier.
Actress Mirani Panossian, who co-starred with Breidy in the Lebanese sitcom “Arous w Aris” (Bride and Groom), described the late-actor as a man with “a smile of hope and eyes of intelligence and ambition.”
The Murex d’Or organization, behind the Golden Murex awards recognizing artistic accomplishments in Lebanon and the Arab world, posted a photo on their website showing Breidy hugging his brother after winning best supporting actor for his part in the Lebanese sitcom “Madam Carmen.”
Fadi Helou, the founder of Murex d’Or, wrote under the photo that Breidy was the “groom of the sky.”
Roua Productions, a prominent TV series production company, published previously unreleased photos of Breidy taken during the filming of a series called “Hotel al-Afrah” (Hotel of Happiness) a couple years earlier. The stars of the series, which has never aired on TV, commented on the photos by requesting a special airing of the show in commemoration of the late actor.
Lebanese politicians also expressed grief.
Culture Minister Raymond Areiji mourned Breidy’s death by saying that the accident was “a tragic and swift event that shocked the Lebanese art world.”
He described the late actor as an individual imbued with vitality and ambition, and said that his absence served as a loss of a great, young Lebanese talent.
“We are all saddened by the death of the artist Issam Breidy, my condolences to his family and all his fans,” Future Movement leader Saad Hariri said in a statement.
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said that Breidy’s death is a “tragedy for the Lebanese people and a loss for Lebanese art.”
Breidy was killed overnight Sunday when his vehicle overturned on the Dora Bridge outside Beirut.
The 35-year-old Breidy was reportedly driving on the bridge toward the Nahr al-Mot area when his black Lexus hit the concrete barriers and overturned.
Reports said he was thrown from the car and struck his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a seat belt.
His body was transferred Monday from the Mar Youssef Hospital in Dora to his Mount Lebanon hometown of Faytaroun, where he will be laid to rest Tuesday.
His family will be receiving condolences Monday through Thursday at the Mar Jerjes church in the town.