Veteran actor Om Puri passed away at the age of 66 in Mumbai on Thursday, 5 January, 2017. Hailing from Ambala, Haryana, Om Puri was born on 18 October, 1950.
As per the source, Om Puri returned home in the evening after a shoot. He didn’t answer his doorbell and that’s when his driver raised an alarm. Reportedly the cause of Om Puri’s death is a massive heart attack.
His close friend, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, first confirmed the sad news of his demise 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
Known to be one of the most respectable actors of the film industry, Puri polished his acting skills at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and at the National School of Drama (NSD). He was counted among the serious actors.
Om Puri’s death came as a shock for the Bollywood fraternity and his fans. Twitter got flooded with mournful tweets.
Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….Advertisement
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 6, 2017
RIP Om Puri.
We have lost one of our finest.
A talent, A Voice, A Spirit.
Will miss you Puri Saab.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) 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
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
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
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
It’s a sad day for cinema … we just lost one of our greats… gone but will never be forgotten … #RIPOmPuri Saab …
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) January 6, 2017
A Padma Shree awardee, Om Puri was on the forefront during the art film movement in the 70s. His body is at his residence in Andheri and his old friends and colleagues from Bollywood have arrived to pay their last respects.