Veteran Indian actor Om Puri died on Friday morning of a heart attack at his residence in Mumbai. The actor was aged 66.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who was going to direct the actor in his new movie, told IANS over phone: “It is a very sad news. Om Puriji passed away after a heart attack today morning. He was at his home. His body of work in the Indian film industry has been tremendous across the commercial and parallel genres. We’ve lost a great talent.”
Om Puri’s friends and colleagues from Bollywood reached his Andheri residence to pay their last respects to the actor. Puri’s body was taken to Cooper hospital for postmortem, following which the funeral will take place.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the passing away of the veteran actor.
The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 6, 2017
Om Puri, born on October 18, 1950, to a Punjabi family, was an actor, who appeared in mainstream commercial, Hollywood, Pakistani, independent and art films. The actor, who had more than 100 films to his credits, was also honoured with Padma Shri and two National Film Awards, during his acting career that stretched for more than four decades.