Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack
Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor has died of a heart attack, her family says. She was 54.
The actress known simply as Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding.
From the age of four, she had worked in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malaylam, Kannada and Hindi languages.
She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero.
Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi were with her when she died, reports say.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, paid tribute to the late star, writing on Twitter: “Really enjoyed meeting Bollywood icon Sri Devi on my recent trip to India.
“So sad to hear the news of the death of such a terrifically talented actress, performer and producer.”
Why was Sridevi such a huge box office draw?
She debuted as a lead actress in a Bollywood film in 1978, soon becoming one of India’s biggest film stars.
Over five decades, she starred in more than 150 films, including such Bollywood classics as Mr India, Chandni, ChaalBaaz and Sadma.
The versatile actress decided to take a break from the film industry after the release of Judaai in 1997.
She made a comeback in 2012, starring in English Vinglish.
In 2013, the Indian government awarded her the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian honour.
How are fans reacting?
Social media sites are being flooded with condolences, with many users expressing shock that the actress died still relatively young.
Never known anyone who was so painfully shy, so quiet off screen, who just transformed into a force of nature when the cameras came on. She was an interviewer’s nightmare, but the movie-buff’s dream. You will be missed, Sridevi. Thank you for the movies.
— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) February 24, 2018
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The loss of #Sridevi is a big deal for Bollywood but also an entire generation, like mine, that grew up with her movies. She went supernova in the 80s. She had charm, personality, wit and range. MR INDIA remains a classic. So sad that she passed so young.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 24, 2018
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