by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh’s legendary actress Sarah Begum Kabori has died of novel coronavirus at the age of 70, her family said early on Saturday.
Kabori, known as the sweet girl in Bangladesh film industry, breathed her last few minutes past midnight at Sheikh Rusel Gastro-liver Institute and Hospital in Dhaka, 13 days after she was hospitalized, Shaker Chishti, the actress’ son told local media.
The actress-turned politician was diagnosed with the Covid-19 disease earlier this month, and she was put on ventilation since her health condition deteriorated.
On Thursday, Chishti, in a video message said that his mother’s oxygen level had been fluctuating. The family was still hopeful that she might return despite it was not a good sign.
Born in Chittagong, Kabori stepped into the film industry in her early teens and acted in her first film Sutorang, directed by Subhash Dutta. The she performed in a number of hit films at her time that included Sujan Sakhi, Sareng Bou, Devdas, Titash Ekti Nadir Naam.
Kabori also acted in an Urdu film Bahana by Zahir Raihan. Later the actress herself become a director as she retired from performing on the silver screen.
An active participant in Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan, Kabori joined her political career in the early 2000s and elected a Member of Parliament from Narayanaganj-4 constituency in 2008.
She left behind five sons, numerous well-wishers, fans and relatives to mourn her death. After divorce with first husband Chitta Chowdhury, she got wed-locked with Shafiuddin Sarwar in 1978.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her shock at the death of the actress who also performed well in parliament as a lawmaker.