Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66

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Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema died this morning.

The actor was 66, NDTV reports.

“Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence,” said filmmaker Ashok Pandit, a close friend of Puri.

He also took to Twitter to share the news, “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.”

Om Puri’s body is kept at his residence in Andheri and his old friends and colleagues from Bollywood have arrived to pay their last respects.

The veteran actor starred in several award winning Indian movies and also featured in crossover ventures.

His popularity soared after his iconic roles in films like “Ardh Satya”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, “Paar” and many more.

Om Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked in the railways and in the Indian Army.

He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of the National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student.

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