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Ali Abbasi
Born 6 August 1961 (1961-08-06)
Karachi, Pakistan
Died 30 July 2004 (2004-07-31)
Cause of death lupus
Nationality Scottish
Employer BBC Scotland

Ali Abbasi (6 August 1961 – 30 July 2004) was a Pakistani-born Scottish television presenter, born in Karachi. He moved from Pakistan to Glasgow, in 1963, with his parents as a child and joined BBC Scotland as a travel presenter in the 1980s. He went on to publish numerous books and became a champion for the Gaelic language, appearing in the Gaelic children's series Dè a-nis? and the comedy series Air ais air an Ran Dan ("Back on the Ran Dan")

He joined BBC Scotland as a travel presenter in 1994 from Glasgow City Council, where he worked as an art gallery assistant. As well as presenting travel news at the BBC, Abbasi worked as an audio technician with outside broadcasts and radio cars.[1]

Abbasi became Gaelic reading champion in 2003. This showed his love for the country and also his love for the language. He was the first celebrity to proclaim he was learning it and his death was a real shock to the Gaelic community and learners everywhere.

Abbasi died of lupus. [2]


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