NEW DELHI – Indian star actor Om Puri passed away at the age of 66 here on Friday morning.
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According to initial reports, Om Puri suffered a cardiac arrest which proved fatal.
The legendary star shot to fame after his role as police officer in film A.K 47 although he kicked off his career as early as 1976. His notable films include Sadgati, East is East, Lakshya, Yaariyan, Shoot on Sight, Dhol, Kurbaan and Delhi 6.
Apart from Bollywood, he appeared in Hollywood, and even British films including City of Joy, Wolf, The Ghost and the Darkness.
Om had a special association with Pakistan as well.
He recently acted in Pakistani film ‘Actor in Law’ alongside Pakistani heartthrob Fahad Mustafa and the dazzling Mehwish Hayat. He also emphasised the need for better and stronger ties between quintessential rivals Pakistan and India amid strained ties.
As soon as the news of Om’s death went viral, showbiz giants took to social media platforms to mourn his death. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi also condoled the sudden demise of veteran performer.
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 6, 2017
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened & shocked.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 6, 2017
Will miss you Omji ..will miss you..will miss you.#Ompuri
— Sunny Deol (@IAMSUNNYDEOL) January 6, 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 6, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 6, 2017
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 6, 2017
Rest in Eternal Peace, Amen.