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Beloved veteran actor, Om Puri, has passed away. He was 66. Reports say Puri died as the result of a massive heart attack early Friday morning.
Bollywood is brokenhearted after television confirmed the sad news showing Puri’s body being taken to Cooper hospital for postmortem. A funeral was being planned by surviving loved ones, reports said.
Confirming the news to indianexpress.com, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit — a close friend of Puri — said,”Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence.” Actor Shabana Azmi shared more details via tweet. She posted, “OM Puri undergoing postmortem at Cooper Hospital.Will be taken to Trishul around 3pm Funeral at Oshiwara electric crematorium around 6pm.” h/t indianexpress
Puri appeared in numerous Bollywood films as well as rolls in Pakistani, British and Hollywood movies and TV.
The actor has received an OBE as well as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death. “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films,” PMO India tweeted.
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