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Veteran comedian Tele Samad dies

  • Published at 03:10 pm April 6th, 2019
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File photo of actor Tele Samad Syed Zakir Hossain

He breathed his last at around 11:30am on Saturday at the age of 74

Veteran comedian Tele Samad, who entertained fans for four decades with his unique style of comedy, has died at Square Hospital in Dhaka.

He breathed his last at around 11:30am on Saturday at the age of 74, confirmed hospital authorities.

Tele Samad had been suffering from old-age complications for the past few years. He had a bypass surgery in the USA in 2017. Samad returned to Bangladesh in September the same year after recovery.

He was hospitalized twice in October and November. On October 20 last year he had emergency surgery on his left toe.

Samad was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital in Dhaka on December 21 last year.

Earlier, he was at the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of Square Hospital. However, his blood haemoglobin count had fallen, and was transferred to a cabin in BSMMU.

A fan-favorite actor and lovable comedian, Abdus Samad was born in Munshiganj on January 8 of 1945. He adopted the name Tele Samad when his career began to take off.

His debut movie was “Kar Bou,” directed by Nazrul Islam and released in 1973.

Samad studied at the fine arts department of Dhaka University, and had a talent for music. He was music director of the movie, 'Mona Pagla.' Tele Samad’s fame skyrocketed after his movie 'Nayanmoni' was released.”

His most memorable movie is “Paye Cholar Poth,” and he was a playback singer in more than 50 Bangladeshi movies.

Tele Samad’s final acting performance was in the movie ‘Zero Degree,’ directed by Animesh Aich.


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President mourns Samad’s death

President Abdul Hamid gives his condolences upon the death of the country’s noted comedian and film actor, Tele Samad.

In a condolence message, the head of the state expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Samad, saying: “People of the country will long remember his contribution to film and drama.”

President Hamid prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family, reports BSS.

PM mourns Samad’s death

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the renowned actor.

In a condolence message, she prayed for the eternal salvation of Samad’s departed soul and expressed sympathy for bereaved family members, reports UNB.

-Other political leaders mourn the actor’s death-

Opposition Leader and Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chairman, HM Ershad, expressed profound shock upon hearing the news of Samad’s death and expressed his sympathy for Samad’s family members.

In a condolence letter signed by JaPa Deputy Press Secretary, Khandaker Delwar Jalai, Ershad mentioned the contribution of the late actor to the Bangladeshi film industry.

Ershad said: “The loss of Samad will take a long time for our film industry to recover from. He acted in around 600 movies and sang in 50 of them. He had a special place in people’s hearts.”

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, JaPa Co-Chairman and Deputy Opposition Leader of the House, Raushan Ershad, MP, Co-Chairman GM Quader, MP, and Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, MP, also mourned the death of the veteran actor.