Actress Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai a little after 3 am. She was 59. Ms Lagoo had been taken to the Kokilaben Hospital. Her last rites will be held later today. Reema Lagoo’s son-in-law told news agency PTI, “She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to hospital around 1 am. She passed away due to a heart attack around 3.15 am. She was perfectly fine and had no health issues…so it is really shocking for all us that she is no more with us.” Hospital authorities said they will issue a statement later after consulting Ms Lagoo’s family.
Reema Lagoo was a veteran of the Marathi stage and appeared in several high profile Bollywood films, working with top stars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. Reema Lagoo is survived by her daughter Mrunmayee, also an actress.
Messages of condolence have been tweeted by actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra.
Reema Lagoo was born Nayan Khadbade in 1958. She was the daughter of a well-known Marathi actress and began acting herself after finishing school in Pune. She took the name Reema Lagoo after her marriage – she and her husband later separated but Ms Lagoo retained the name.
Reema Lagoo’s best-known roles were as mother to the stars – she played Salman’s mother in Maine Pyar Kiya, Saajan and Hum Saath Saath Hain, Akshay’s mother in Jai Kishen, Kajol’s in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Shah Rukh Khan’s in Kal Ho Na Ho, and Madhuri Dixit’s in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. She played Sanjay Dutt’s mother in Vaastav, in which her character kills her gangster son. Ms Lagoo won four Filmfare awards for Best Supporting Actress.