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07 Mar 13

Albania Mourns Death of Theatre Icon

Albanian leaders on Thursday paid homage to Roland Trebicka, a legendary actor who passed away after a battle with cancer.  

Besar Likmeta
BIRN Tirana
Roland Trebicka, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 65

Trebicka is remembered in Albania for dozens of popular roles in theatre and cinema, and news of his death brought praise from critics for his talent and professionalism.  

“What he left behind with his art was his great service to the nation,” President Bujar Nishani, said in a statement of condolence to the family.  

“His short life was only a threshold to immortality, which he deserves, and which makes us proud of his contribution to Albanian art and culture,” Nishani added.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha declared Thursday a day of national mourning, saying Trebicka will live on through the characters he created.  

“Trebicka was one of most loved Albanian artists,” he said. “Nobody better than him embraced the characters that he created.”

Opposition Socialist leader Edi Rama said that Trebicka’s death had left a void in the world of theatre that would be hard to fill.

“With great pain we say goodbye not only to a great comedian, but also to rare human being,” Rama said.

Born in Korca in 1947, Trebicka started his career in the movie Debatik in 1961. He then moved to the Soldier’s Theater and in 1971 to the National Theater in Tirana.

A master of the farce and the grotesque, he is well known for playing the role of Jovan Bregu, in the comedy Flat 176.

The comedy, which premiered in Tirana in 1986, had more than 500 showings in seven years, hundreds of TV broadcasts and still collects strong sales on DVD today.      

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