Maldivian veteran actress Fauziyya Hassan has passed away at the age of 79.
Fauziya acted in several local films and series in a career spanning over three decades in the Maldivian film industry. She acted in classics such as ‘Haddhu’, ‘Vaa Loabi Engey Nama’, ‘Dhin Veynuge Hithaamaiga’, ‘Dhon Kamana’, ‘Loibahtakaa’, and ‘Yoosuf’. Her last appearance was in the film ‘Faree’ which was streamed on streaming app Baiskoafu.
Fauziyya was bizarrely arrested in the Indian state of Kerala back in 1994 along with fellow Maldivian Mariyam Rasheed after they were accused of gathering intelligence information from an Indian scientist Nambi Naryan of the Indian Space and Research Organization ISRO. However, these charges were later dropped by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation citing false and fabricated allegations.
Fauziyya died in Sri Lanka from a rumored heart attack. She has been living in the country for years now.