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Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 7:08:36 AM
PETALING JAYA: Actress Azean Irdawaty (pic), 63, has died at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) here after suffering complications from various illnesses including cancer.
She leaves behind husband Khairil Anwar Z.M. Rashidi and three children, Khaeryll Benjamin or Benjy, Inessa Irdayanty and Elza Irdalynna.
Azean was said to have been in and out of hospital after being stricken by breast cancer, which had reached critical stage.
Azean, who once popularised the song Bawalah Daku Bersamamu in the 1980s, was the first person to win the Best Actress Award at the inaugural Malaysian Film Festival (MFF1) in 1980 for her turn in Esok Masih Ada.
She reprised her victory in the same cateogory at the third MFF for her role in Langit Petang.
Throughout her entertainment career, Azean had acted in numerous films including Mama Oh Mama, Perjanjian Syaitan, Perempuan, Bintang Malam, Sutera Putih, Baginda and Layar Laraas well as a host of local television dramas.
Her last movie was Talentime by the late Yasmin Ahmad in 2009.
Among the young stars Azean influenced in her long career is award-winning actress Sharifah Amani, who tweeted: “Thank you for the years of inspiration, Aunty Yan,” upon hearing the news.
Kavita Sidhu, who appeared in Layar Lara and Waris Jari Hantu with Azean, said she was saddened by the news.
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