#Showbiz: Veteran pop singer and actor Aman Shah dies

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran pop singer and actor Aman Shah Abu Kassim died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak here today. He was 68.

It is learnt that the popular 1980s singer best known for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri song Kepulangan Yang Dinanti had been suffering from heart problems over the last few years.

Persatuan Seniman Malaysia (Seniman) announced Aman's death in a 2.30pm statement, and its secretary-general Hafiz Nafiah said that Aman breathed his last at the IJN around 2.15pm.

Hafiz said: "The late Aman Shah was hospitalised three days ago and underwent surgery yesterday. He breathed his last at 2.15pm today."

News of Aman's death was also shared by veteran composer Fauzi Marzuki and veteran actress Anne Abdullah on their respective Facebook pages today.

Johor Baru-born Aman, whose family hails from Jelebu in Negri Sembilan began his singing career in 1979.

His first album Bungaku was released that year, and this was followed by eight other albums, the last being Asmara Terkenang in 2004.

Besides Kepulangan Yang Dinanti, Aman's other popular songs included Bungaku, Insan Permata, Mencari and Musim Cinta.

As an actor, Aman appeared in three films beginning with Darah Satria in 1983. His best known television dramas included Jelatang, Gerak Khas, Suraya, Ameera and Mr Boss Miss Stalker.

Aman also appeared in television advertisements over the decades, most notably a Coffee Mate advertisement in the early 1980s.

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