KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran actor Datuk Mustapha Maarof (pic), known as a debonair gentleman on screen as well as off screen, has died of lung infection. He was 79.
He passed away at the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital in Wangsa Manju here at 8.50am yesterday.
He leaves behind three children, aged 38 to 50.
He was laid to rest beside the grave of his wife, 1950’s diva Roseyatimah, at the Jalan Ampang Muslim burial ground at around 3pm.
Mustapha’s late father, Maarof Zakaria, was a well-known philanthropist during his time and founded the Malay National Bank, for the Malay community. He was killed in 1947.
The famous Jalan Maarof in Bangsar is named in tribute for his services to the community.
Because of his natural courteous, gracious and sophisticated charm, the late Mustapha was often given the role of royalty.
Among his early films were Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang, Yatim Mustapha, Seri Mersing and Naga Tasik Chini.
In 2010, he was presented the Prominent Film Personality Award by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).
Youngest son Mohd Rezainuddin said his father was in a critical condition on Sunday night and had depended on the life-support machine at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
“My father was warded in the ICU for 12 days and was fully dependent on medication till he drew his last breath, with his children by his bedside,” Mohd Rezainuddin told mStar Online, the Malay news portal of The Star.
He remembers his father’s repeated advice to the children to take care of the family home in Subang Jaya and to maintain their close-knitted ties.
Mustapha was first admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s Institute of Respiratory Medicine on Nov 25 after he faced breathing complications. He was transferred to the military hospital on Dec 2.
Among the more than 300 people who attended the funeral were family members, close friends, fellow artistes and fans.
His mother-in-law, veteran actress Neng Yatimah, 91, had also flown from Singapore to pay her last respect.
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