Books – Khair Ragheb:
44 years after the departure of the artist Abdel Halim Hafez, who left our world on March 30, 1977.
News published by Al-Ahram newspaper on April 1, 1977, revealed the details of a famous suicide of a girl affected by the departure of Nightingale, according to the report of the Qasr al-Nil Police Department.
The newspaper pointed out that the girl “committed suicide in mourning the death of the artist, Eid al-Halim Hafez. Amma Abdul Wahhab, 21, is a student at Al-Helmiyya Commercial Secondary School. And it resides in the gardens of Al-Qaya ».
She added, according to the report of the Qasr El Nil Police Department, that on March 31, the girl went to the residence of the artist Abdel Halim Hafez, on Hassan Sabry Street in Zamalek, to offer condolences for his death, and went up to the sixth floor reserved for women, and while sitting to offer condolences, she slipped from the salon to his window. Open and threw herself between the two buildings between life and death. She left a letter revealing her intention to commit suicide.
At that time, Colonel Abdel Hadi Mukhaimer, the inspector of the investigations, moved to the scene, Major Muhammad Muhammad Ibrahim, head of the Qasr al-Nil investigation, and Captain Mahmoud al-Fishawi, assistant to the investigation.
It is noteworthy that Abdel Halim Hafez passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 1977, in London, at the age of forty-seven years.
His body was buried in a solemn funeral, like the funeral of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the late artist Umm Kulthum, whether in the number of people participating in the funeral, which reached more than 2.5 million people, or in the sincere emotions of people at the time of the funeral.