|Moustafa Akkad dies of wounds sustained in Amman hotel blast
|Moustafa Akkad, the Syrian-born filmmaker of the "Halloween" horror series, died Friday from wounds sustained in the triple hotel bombings in Jordan. He was 75. Akkad, who lived in Los Angeles, died at 7:30 a.m. in a Jordanian hospital where he was being treated, said Dr. Youssef Qisous in Amman.
"He had bleeding in the lungs, his ribs were fractured and he died of his wounds and a severe heart attack this morning," Qisous said.
Akkad's sister, Leila, confirmed her brother's death in a telephone interview.
His daughter, Rima Akkad Monla, 34, also died in one of the explosions that rocked the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday night, according to her mother and Akkad's ex-wife, Patricia Akkad.
Three suicide bombers hit the Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn hotels in Amman, killing at least 59 people, including the three suicide bombers.
Akkad's sister said the world was saddened by the tragic death of her brother and called for an end to terrorist attacks.
"I feel sad and the world feels sorrow with us. This kind of incident rarely happens, but it has happened with Moustafa Akkad," Leila Akkad said. She spoke from Amman where she had flown to be with her wounded brother.
"These attacks are chaotic and do not differentiate an enemy from a friend. A solution must be found to this problem [of terrorist attacks]," she said.
Leila Akkad, who teaches journalism at state-run Damascus University, said the attacks clearly had not targeted anyone in particular.
"They were aimed at spreading chaos in the country," she said.
Moustafa Akkad, best known for producing all eight films in the "Halloween" franchise, also produced and directed "The Message" (1977) and "Lion of the Desert" (1981).
Both starred Anthony Quinn.
Akkad was the eldest sibling in a family of six boys and a girl.
With the death of his daughter, Rima, Akkad is survived by three sons, Tarek, Malek and Zeido.
Akkad's daughter, Rima, grew up in Los Angeles and was an avid polo player, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1995 with a degree in international relations.
She pursued a master's degree in Middle East studies at the American University in Beirut, where she met her husband Ziad Monla, 35.
Her husband's family owns the Monla Hospital in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon. The couple, were married for six years, had two sons, ages 2 and 4.
"Rima is a totally American girl," Patricia Akkad, 64, said Thursday in a phone interview in Los Angeles. "Here's an American who was over there and innocently killed for no reason."
Akkad said her daughter loved living in Beirut. "We all know the problems in the Middle East, and you never think it's going to touch you," she said. Rima Akkad was buried in Tripoli on Friday. "She was the light of everybody's life," Patricia Akkad said. "She put everybody else first." Funeral services for Akkad were scheduled for Sunday in his hometown of Aleppo, his sister Leila said.
The Daily Star