The 72 year old was criticial of Arab regimes in his work, but he received praise from both the Syrian and American governments.
“Syria and the Arab world lost a giant today,” the Syrian news agency said.
He died after a long illness. During his life he worked with renowned actor Duraid Lahm. But one of his most famous quotes was: “Policemen, Interpol men everywhere, you search for the perfect crime.”
“There is only one perfect crime – to be born an Arab.”