0134 GMT February 19, 2019
The director, who had been hospitalized for five months, died on Sunday morning, Mehr News Agency quoted one of his relatives, actress Roya Teymourian as saying.
Tabatabaei was the director of an Iranian documentary 'I Am Nasser Hejazi'.
The life story of the legendary Iranian goalkeeper, Nasser Hejazi, is narrated in a five-episode documentary by Shahab Hosseini, Mehran Modiri, Bahram Radan, Parviz Parastui, Roya Teymourian and Masoud Rayegan.
The documentary, produced by Amir Rafiei, topped box office sales in Iran's cinema and home videos in the seven-day period from May 21 to 27.
The flick also became the second top selling documentary in Iran's cinema history after Massoud Bakhshi's 'Tehran Has No More Pomegranates'.
The film looks at the life of the former goalkeeper and football captain of Iran in five chapters, namely: 'I Have a Dream', 'The Last Man Standing', 'Killing Sohrab', 'Esteqlal to Esteqlal' and the 'Eagle's Flight'.
His funeral ceremony will be held in Tehran on Tuesday. The event will begin at Cinema House and will be attended by artists, elites and his fans.