Internationally-acclaimed gambus player Farid Ali, 50, passed away  after a long illness.

According to a close associate, Farid breathed his last at Hospital Selayang at about 6pm. He is survived by his wife Tricia Chiew. They have no children.

Farid, popularly known as Mr Gambus, bagged an award for Best Musical Arrangement in the 1988 Curacao International Music Festival. He also won the World Peace Award in 1993.