TEHRAN – Former TV anchor Qasem Afshar who worked at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting for three decades died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on Wednesday. He was 67, Persian news media announced.
He began his career in the early 1980s and soon turned out to be one of the major announcers of TV and radio news programs at the time when news coverage of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war was the main part of IRIB’s news programs.
He retired in 2009, and contrary to many of his colleagues’ decisions to continue working after retirement, he never pursued his career afterwards.
He was the manager of the Bent ol-Hoda Charity Organization that he founded after the death of his little daughter.
In a letter published several hours after his death, IRIB Managing Director Abdolali Ali-Asgari offered condolences to his family and IRIB staff.
“His face and voice evoke nostalgia among the Iranian people for the numerous memorable days of the past,” he wrote.
Photo: Former IRIB anchor Qasem Afshar in an undated photo