Actor Emil Hossu dies aged 70

The beloved actor Emil Hossu, aged 70, died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, after suffering a cardio-respiratory arrest which the SMURD medical team was unable to resuscitate him from. The death occurred at the Nottara Theatre just as the actor was about to climb on stage in the production “The Anniversary” alongside his wife, the actress Catrinel Dumitrescu. According to the director of the “Mina Minovici” National Institute of Forensics, Dan Dermengiu, Emil Hossu sustained an infarct and was probably suffering from a chronic heart condition, even if he showed no symptoms which would have allowed for a speedier diagnosis. The SMURD team was called in at Bucharest’s Nottara Theatre around 6.30pm after the actor fainted during rehearsals. Following the sad event, the shows “The Anniversary” and “Behave, Cristopher!” (scheduled for yesterday, 7.30pm, at the Nottara Theatre’s “Horia Lovinescu” Hall) were cancelled.

The funeral will take place at the Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest on Saturday, from 2pm, and fans can pay their last respects to the artist on Friday at the Nottara Theatre, where his body will be laid, representatives of the institution stated, quoted by Mediafax.

Culture Minister, Kelemen Hunor said about Hossu that he transmitted and extraordinary faith in the Beauty and Good to the public.   According to his fellow-actor Mircea Diaconu, Emil Hossu’s death came as a shock to everyone at Nottara Theatre, while Sebastian Papaiani stated Emil Hossu was a close friend, as well as a fair, honest and generous human being. Victor Rebengiuc voiced his heartfelt regret over Emil Hossu’s passing, as did Mircea Albulescu, who argued that such a fine actor’s death left behind “a deep grief, a void”. The director Geo Saizescu characterized Hossu as a model for the younger generation, as well as for his peers.

Emil Hossu will be remembered by outstanding performances in memorable Romanian productions such as “The Autumn of the Ducklings”, “The Winter of the Ducklings”, “The Accident”, “The Earth’s Most Beloved Son” or “The Oak”.

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