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Now, as many look back at his prolific output on social media and in other writings, one post stands out as tragically visionary.
On April 5, Mr. Sabry linked on his Twitter account to music that he liked from the television show “Lost,” saying he would want it played at his funeral. About three weeks later, on Tuesday, Mr. Sabry, 31, was dead.
I’d like this to be played in my funeral, hopefully after a happy long life. A sublime piece of music http://t.co/7vDZ46QfOd
According to The Associated Press, the circumstances of his death were not entirely clear: Security officials and media reports said he died from an accidental fall off the balcony of a Cairo high-rise, and the state-run Al-Ahram daily said he fell after suffering a diabetic coma while inspecting an apartment under construction.
But just as he left his mark as a blogger and advocate for democratic change in his country through Twitter and in other media forums, his colleagues, family and friends took to social media to recall his sense of humor, his astute observations and his collegiality as one of the tribe of writers, analysts and others who have banded together to witness the unrest and change in Egypt.
Mohamed El Dahshan, a friend of Mr. Sabry, shared in a blog on the Atlantic Council website the April 5 item that Mr. Sabry had posted on Twitter. Mr. Dahshan encouraged his readers to play the music as an introduction to the eulogy that was to follow:
“Hit the link above. The music will go well with the text, I think.”
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