From Al Jazeera:
Egypt’s veteran poet Ahmed Negm passes away
Last updated: 03 Dec 2013 08:41
Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt’s famous poet, died early on Tuesday in Cairo at the age of 84 after a long battle with illness, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported, citing publisher Mohamed Hashem.
Hashem said Negm’s funeral ceremony will take place at Old Cairo’s famous mosque Al-Hussien, after noon prayers.
Known for his sarcasm and sharp tongue, Negm was a vocal critic of deposed president Hosni Mubarak‘s regime.
His poems had also gotten him jailed by Egypt‘s late president Anwar Sadat, and were banned off state-owned media.
However, the songs he wrote were prevalent in the 2011 uprising.
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