Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

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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.

Over five decades, she starred in more than 150 films, including classics like Mr India, Chandni, ChaalBaaz and Sadma.

She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero.

From the age of four, she had worked in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi languages.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi”, while Indian President Ram Nath Kovind wrote that he was “shocked”.

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.”

How did she die?

The actress was in the United Arab Emirates to attend the wedding of her nephew, Mohit Marwah.

Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi were with her when she passed away on Saturday, reports say.

Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor said it had happened “roughly around” 23:00-23:30 (19:00-19:30 GMT), indianexpress.com reports.

He did not provide any further details.

Why was she 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.

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