Indian actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack in Mumbai early this morning, Indian Express reported. He was 66.
His close friend, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, was the first to announce his passing on Twitter:
Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 6, 2017
According to Times of India, Puri returned home last evening after a shoot and didn't answer his door bell in the morning. His driver then raised an alarm.
Puri was a veteran of Bollywood cinema and also appeared in Pakistani film Actor In Law last year. He visited Pakistan frequently, being an ardent supporter of Pak-India cultural collaborations and was a regular fixture on the film and literary festival circuit in Pakistan.
Puri also played several Pakistani characters in British and Hollywood films, from the iconic role of George Khan in British dramedies East is East and West is West to President Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War.
Members of the Bollywood fraternity took to Twitter to mourn his loss:
Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent.... #RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
RIP Om Puri.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) January 6, 2017
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
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
Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 6, 2017
Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP ????— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 6, 2017
RIP Om puri .. interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artist we are proud of..— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) January 6, 2017
Rest in peace, Om Puri.