Famous Lebanese singer, composer Melhem Barkat dies

BEIRUT (AP) " Lebanon's state news agency says Lebanese singer and composer Melham Barakat, who was highly esteemed and popular across the region, has died.

National News Agency said Barakat, 71, died Friday at a Beirut hospital where he was admitted weeks earlier.

Barakat rose to prominence more than three decades ago. He was influenced by the late Egyptian composer Mohammed Abdul-Wahhab, who was widely regarded as one of the Arab world's best songwriters.

Among Barakat's most popular songs are "Two Moons at my Door," and "Habibi Inta (You are my Love)".

Barakat was a personal friend of Syrian president Bashar Assad and while in hospital was visited by the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon him.

He was married twice and is survived by four children.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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