Tehran, May 1, IRNA -- The coffin carrying the renowned Iranian humorist Kiumars Saberi Foumani was carried from Argentine Square towards Behesht-e Zahra cemetery on Saturday morning.
The celebrated writer and humorist, who was the editor of the popular satirical weekly magazine Gol Agha (Mr. Flower), passed away Friday morning at the age of 63.
Saberi, who suffered from a blood disorder, was in hospital for about a month before his death.
The ministers of roads and transportation, interior, culture and Islamic guidance, defense, commerce as well as the head of the presidential office representing President Mohammad Khatami and the vice-president for parliamentary affairs attended the funeral.
The ceremony was also attended by a number of Expediency Council (EC) members and MPs, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), representatives of the media and the press, friends and relatives and other Tehran acquaintances.
The head of the Academy of Language and Persian Literature, Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, read the Supreme Leader`s condolence message at the burial ceremony.
Saberi`s Gol Agha Cultural Institute and Gol Agha weekly, monthly and yearbook, all of which were hugely popular from 1990 to 2002, were his greatest achievements.
But he will be most remembered for his political and social satires which incorporated a distinct kind of humor that drew attention to social and political ills.
Other top officials including President Mohammad Khatami, Culture Minister Ahmad Masjed Jamei and Majlis Speaker also expressed condolences for the death of the celebrated Iranian humorist.
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