Famous Showbiz Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2023: The Year in Review


The Pakistani media industry faced a series of losses in 2023, as many of its iconic and beloved actors left this world. Among them were Qavi Khan, Yousaf Shakeel and Zia Mohiuddin, who were regarded as the pillars of Pakistani drama and cinema. Their versatile performances and distinctive styles earned them a loyal fan base and numerous accolades. They also inspired and mentored many young and aspiring actors, who looked up to them as their role models. In this article, we pay tribute to these legendary figures and some other celebrities who passed away in 2023.

Majid Jahangir:

Majid Jahangir, a famous actor and comedian of Pakistan, died on January 10, 2023. He was residing in Bahria Town Lahore, where he had been paralyzed for five years after suffering a stroke. He faced breathing difficulties in his final days and was rushed to the hospital, where he breathed his last. Majid Jahangir was a household name in Pakistan, who entertained millions of people with his hilarious and witty roles. He was also a versatile and talented performer, who appeared in various dramas and films. He will be missed by his fans and colleagues.

Amjad Islam Amjad:

The literary world of Pakistan mourned the loss of Amjad Aslam Amjad, who died on 10th February at the age of 78. He was a renowned poet, playwright, and lyricist, who had a profound impact on the Urdu language and culture. He had a heart attack in his sleep and never woke up the next morning, according to sources. He was a recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pride of Performance and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz. He wrote many popular dramas, such as Waris, Dehleez, and Samundar, and composed many beautiful songs, such as Zindagi Khaak Na Thi and Tumhare Shehar Ka Mausam. He will be remembered as a legend and a master of words. 

Zia Muhiuddin:

Zia Muhiuddin, a legendary actor and broadcaster, departed from this world on 13th February in Karachi. He had been suffering from a serious illness and was on ventilator support at a hospital. He died at the age of 91. Zia Muhiuddin was a master of his craft, who excelled in various fields of art and culture. He was known for his distinctive voice and style, which captivated audiences across generations. He acted in many films and dramas, such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Chess Players, and Dastangoi. He also hosted many radio and TV shows, such as Zia Mohyeddin Show, Zia Mohyeddin Reads, and Kahani. He was a patron of literature and poetry, and founded the National Academy of Performing Arts. He will be remembered as an icon and a visionary.

Wasu Khan:

The Balochi music industry lost one of its gems in February, when Wasu Khan passed away on 24th February. He was a renowned singer, who had a unique voice and a rich repertoire of folk songs. He had been ill for a long time and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Sukkur, where he succumbed to his condition. Wasu Khan was a cultural icon, who promoted the Balochi language and heritage through his music. He also collaborated with famous artists like Shehzad Roy, Ali Zafar and Sajjad Ali. He will be remembered as a legend and a source of inspiration for many.

Qavi Khan: 

The Pakistani entertainment industry lost one of its most respected and admired actors, Qavi Khan, who died on 6th March in Canada. He was 80 years old. He had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving medical care in Canada, where he was living with his family. Qavi Khan was a veteran of the television and film industry, who had a career spanning over six decades. He appeared in hundreds of dramas and movies, such as Khuda Ki Basti, Aangan Terha, Andhera Ujala, and Cake. He was known for his versatile and powerful roles, which earned him many awards and honors, including the Pride of Performance and the Lifetime Achievement Award.