Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack

Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri dies of  heart attack

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:


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: