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Bollywood star Sridevi dies in Dubai

Sridevi Kapoor. (AFP)
Sridevi Kapoor. (AFP)
Sridevi died of a heart attack in Dubai. (AP)
JEDDAH: Bollywood star Sridevi died on Saturday after a heart attack, a relative confirmed to Indian media.
The 54-year-old actress, who was in the United Arab Emirates for a wedding, was with her husband and daughter at the time of death.
“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told The Indian Express. Srideva is described in Wikipedia as one of Bollywood's most popular actresses, having starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada films.

Her acting career started at the age of four, debuting in the 1969 Tamil devotional drama film Thunaivan. In 1975, she had her first Bollywood film as a child actress in the hit movie Julie, and for the first time played a lead role in Bollywood in the film Solva Sawan in 1978.

Wikipedia's list of some of her successful Bollywood movies included Himmatwala (1983), Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Nazrana (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989), some of which won her five Filmfare Awards and 10 nominations.

She was honored in 2013 by the Indian government with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor, and was voted 'India's Greatest Actress in 100 Years' in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in the same year during the 100th anniversary celebration of Indian cinema.