Actor Sirak Tadesse dies
Addis bid sad farewell to its one of its prominent artists, Sirak Tadesse who died at the age of 63.
Friends and family attended his funeral at Weybela Maryam church yesterday.One friend described him as a wonderful actor and a very nice man.
A veteran of stage and screen, Sirak has come a long way from a small village, Wegel Tena in Wadla Delanta region of Wollo to becoming one of the longest serving actors at the national scene. He resumed his career in the army’s musical troupe, Midir Tor in the 1960’s and has appeared in a succession of stage productions, as well as films and television programs. He is best remembered for the big roles in Alula aba Nega, Ha Hu Be sidist Wor, Ya Zawntoch kebeb, Merzama Tila and Amtatatew Beketema.
His work during the period earned him good reception from critics, and his popularity with the theater audience’s grew dramatically.Even after formal retirement, he was made to work five years more at The National Theatre.
Sirak is also credited for writing song lyrics for famous singers like Tilahun Gessese, Mahamoud Ahmed, Tamrat Mola and Melkamu Tebedge.He died at his home, with his wife at his side. He is survived by two daughters and three sons.