Wadih El Safi Dies: Famed Lebanese Singer Was 91

October 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015    

Wadih El Safi, a Lebanese classical singer and actor, died on Friday, according to reports. He was 91.

El Safi, whose name was sometimes spelt Wadee al-Safi, started singing at the age of 17.

As a classically trained tenor, it is believed the El Safi wrote more than 3,000 songs. He studied at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music, and he sung in several languages, including Arabic, Syriac, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Citing Lebanese media, Al Arabiya television reported on his death on Friday.

There was an outpouring of grief on Twitter.

“RIP wadih el safi you will stay in our heart 🙁 ,” wrote one user

“Rest in musical heaven, Wadih El Safi,” said another

Another added: “Wadih El Safi! May his beautiful soul rest in peace.” 

Correction: This report previously said he started singing in the late 1940s when it was the late 1930s. The Epoch Times regrets this error.