Malaysian director Azhari Zain passes away at 50, 9 months after suffering a stroke


Besides writing and directing, he was also a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). Photo: Azhari Mohd Zain/Instagram

Malaysian writer-director Azhari Mohd Zain passed away on Thursday (Nov 24) at 12.05am, nine months after suffering a stroke.

He was 50 years old.

Persatuan Seniman Malaysia shared the news stating that Azhari died at his home in Sunway Alam Suria, Shah Alam, Selangor.

He was laid to rest at Tanah Perkuburan Islam Jalan Paip, Meru Klang at 10am, Thursday, added the statement.

Better known as Zack among his peers, Azhari started in the Malaysian film industry in the year 2004 as writer and producer.

Among the films he wrote include Tangkai Jering, Potret Mistik, Anak Mami Kembali, Nana Tanjung and Duyung.

He went on to direct films such as Jin Notti, 3 2 1 Cinta, Hantu Dalam Botol Kicap and Zoo.

Besides writing and directing, Azhari was also a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with the Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation.

In February 2022, Azhari was in critical condition due to bleeding into the brain. It also left him with limitations of mobility.

According to a report by mStar, The Star’s Malay portal, two months after the stroke, Azhari showed improvement and he was allowed to go home.

However, it's reported that he was mostly bedridden and couldn’t speak. His mode of communication was through the movement of his head and via facial expressions.

He leaves behind his wife and three children.

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