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1 August 2008 09:57 pm

Lebanese singer stabbed in Dubai

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Music lovers and members from the Lebanese community here expressed shock and indignation at the mystery death of singer Suzan Tamim in Dubai earlier this week. "She was a good singer who had a popular fan-base among young adults in the age group of 20 to 30. It is a tragic loss for somebody from the creative field to die like this. She was one of the well known icons of Lebanon," said Kamal Nasrallah, a Senior Executive. Tamim, 31, died on July 28. Her body was found with multiple stab wounds in her Dh 2.8m flat in Rimal Tower's 1113 apartment in Jumeirah Beach Residence at Dubai Marina. She had arrived from London to Dubai. Her close aides believed she feared that her life was in danger. Her body was discovered at 10pm by the singer's cousin as soon as he went to her apartment to check on her after his several attempts to reach her by phone since Monday morning drew a blank. He was stunned to find the door to her flat open and her bloody body lying inside. The face of the singer appeared badly mutilated. Afterwards, he informed the police. Detectives and forensic experts reached the scene quickly. The police have taken some suspects into custody and are interrogating them. There were no clues and the motives for murdering her are unclear. Police have questioned a number of security guards in the vicinity, according to Khaleej Times. "It is a tragic loss. Tamim had a beautiful voice. However, she didn't know how to handle and retain her fame. Most people were aware of the problems she had with her husband, perhaps, this ruined her reputation," said Elize Zwein, Accounts Director, Action Qatar. Zwein, like many other Lebanese fans of the deceased singer, suspect foul play. The singer had a long-standing dispute with some people living in the United Kingdom, Egypt, and Lebanon, said the singer's cousin. Tamim moved to Dubai from Cairo eight months ago to escape her husband and manager Abdel Matooq. Relations between them were strained. The couple had met in Paris and was married around six years ago. Problems erupted less than eight months later when Matooq asked her to stop singing and become a housewife, which she refused. There were many disagreements between them and as the situation worsened, Matooq filed a lawsuit against Tamim claiming that she stole $350,000 from his safe, according to The Arab Washington. Matooq had suffered injuries when some unknown assailants shot at him outside his office in Beirut. He had alleged that an Egyptian businessman, with whom Suzan was having an inappropriate relationship, was behind the attack. The matter is still in court. Matooq also declined to divorce Suzan, reported Khaleej Times. Reports say that Tamim disappeared from public view in Cairo in 2007 and was thought to be living in Dubai. Tamim became famous when she won the Lebanese talents show Studio Al Fan (Art Studio) in 1996. She enjoyed many hit singles early in her career. She was considered a rising star among a new generation of Lebanese pop singers. The Pen