Bollywood star Reema Lagoo dies at 59


Veteran film, stage and television actress Reema Lagoo died following a cardiac arrest early on Thursday morning, a family source said. She had to be rushed to Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai after she complained of chest pain in the night.

It was a shock to the family as she had no health issues, son-in-law Vinay Waikul told Hindustan Times. "We first met on the sets of Maine Pyar Kiya and it was really marvelous working with her".

Born in Mumbai, Lagoo started her career with theatre, where she performed in several Marathi plays. "Her demise is saddening", Modi tweeted. Since then, Reema has given a number of memorable performances in films such as Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Maine Pyaar Kiya, Saajan, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Kal Ho Na Ho, among others.

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Lagoo, who is now seen on the STAR Plus show Naamkarann, was prolific on the small screen and is best remembered for playing the quarrelsome mother-in-law in Tu Tu Main Main.

Among the Bollywood faces seen at Lagoo's funeral on Thursday were Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Rishi Kapoor and Kajol.

On television, Lagoo was popular for playing spirited characters like Kokila (Koki) and Devki Verma on "Shrimaan Shrimati" and "Tu Tu Main Main". Karan Johar, who directed her in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai wrote, "This is truly sad news. she was warm, gracious and an exceptional actor". Divorced from her former husband, she is survived by her daughter, Mrunmayee Lagoo. He shared about her personality and the finery of her acting. "We only pray that she rests in peace". She was also very socially conscious. I hoped the series would get remade into a web one and we'd work together again. "With her gone, all her kids must feel orphaned", she says. "She said to me, 'Your rawness is your strength, don't try and act like you know it all.' Reema will continue to live in our hearts". From Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan to Govinda and Madhuri Dixit, Lagoo played mother to all the top actors and actresses of the Hindi film industry on the silver screen.