Halloween Producer Moustapha Akkad Dies in Jordan Bombings

Moustapha Akkad, the producer of the “Halloween” movies, died Friday from wounds suffered from the terrorists attacks Wednesday in Jordan. His daughter, Rima, was also killed.

‘Halloween’ Producer Dies in Jordan (AP)

Photo Rima Akkad Monla and her father Moustapha Akkad are seen in this family photo at Rima's wedding in Beirut, Lebanon, in August, 1999. Rima, a former Los Angeles woman living in Beirut, was among dozens killed in the hotel bombings in Jordan. Her father, the executive producer of the 'Halloween' movies, was critically injured. The slain woman's mother, Patricia Akkad, told The Associated Press her daughter had just arrived in Amman for a wedding and was visiting with her father and stepmother inside a hotel lobby when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. Patricia Akkad says her ex-husband Moustapha Akkad suffered a heart attack as a result of the explosion and also sustained internal injuries. (AP Photo/Akkad Family) Moustapha Akkad, the Syrian-born producer of the “Halloween” horror films, died Friday from wounds sustained in the triple hotel bombings, a hospital official said. Akkad died at 7:30 a.m. in a Jordanian hospital where he was being treated, said surgeon Dr. Yousef Qisous. He lived in Los Angeles and was reportedly in his 70s. “He had bleeding in the lungs, his ribs were fractured and he died of his wounds and a severe heart attack this morning,” Qisous told The Associated Press.

Akkad’s daughter, Rima Akkad Monla, 34, also died in one of Wednesday’s three explosions, said her mother, Patricia Akkad, Thursday.


Moustapha Akkad, best known for producing all eight films in the “Halloween” franchise, also produced and directed “The Message” (1977) and “Lion of the Desert” (1981). Both latter films starred Anthony Quinn.

His daughter, Rima, grew up in Los Angeles an avid polo player who graduated from the University of Southern California in 1995 with a degree in international relations. She pursued a master’s degree in Middle East studies at the American University in Beirut, where she met her husband Ziad Monla, 35.

Their deaths are no more tragic that those of the other innocent victims. Sometimes, though, the loss of someone with celebrity personalizes events and makes them seem more real.

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  1. A small price to pay for getting for kleptocrat murderers from the Palestinian Authority rubbed out of the Book Of Life, I think.

  2. John Burgess says:

    Not just celebrity. I knew Mustapha and his sister Leila, an academic at the University of Aleppo. He was really a good guy.

  3. Bgonaf says:

    Their deaths are no more tragic that those of the other innocent victims.

    Good god! This is not a time to disrespect Akkad. We live in a culture of celebrity–so it sucks major big time when people like Akkad get killed–much more so than some anonymous Jordanian who has done nothing of import for the world. This Akkad was a major player in Hollywood–no easy task.