Veteran actor Om Puri passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his residence this morning. He was 66 years old. Numeous Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to share their grief over the actor’s death.
Filmmaker Ashok Pandit confirmed the news on Twitter. “Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence,” he added. He was an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and the National School of Drama (NSD). He had appeared in numerous Indian, Pakistani and Hollywood films.
In 1990, he received the fourth highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri. In 2009, Filmfare awarded him for lifetime achievement in cinema. The actor had featured in numerous films since his debut in the ‘70s. Puri also appeared in numerous films down South and other languages and was one of the few actors to have also acted in numerous Hollywood and Pakistani projects.
Puri had acted in films of various genres over the years like drama, comedy, among others. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri which he won in 1990 and won numerous awards over his illustrious career. Members of the film fraternity and others condoled his death.