Yash Chopra, the Bollywood filmmaker who was so well-known for his romantic films that he was dubbed "King of Romance," died at the age of 80 in Mumbai after contracting dengue fever, an illness transmitted by mosquito bites.

Chopra was diagnosed earlier this month and was reportedly on the mend when he took a turn for the worse on Sunday and suffered "multiple organ failure," according to the Press Trust of India. "… all that shall remain will be that which he gave life to — his creativity, his emotion, his poetry on film and above all his humanity," posted one of Bollywood's biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan, about Chopra, his friend of 44 years, on his blog. Chopra made his last public appearance at Bachchan's 70th birthday party earlier this month.

Chopra was best known for his hits, Deewar (Wall), Kabhi Kabhie — Love Is Life, Dil To Pagal Hai (The Heart Is Mad), Lamhe (Moments) and Veer-Zaara. His final film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As Long As I Am Alive) is scheduled to be released in India next month. Chopra is survived by his wife and two sons, Aditya Chopra, a successful Bollywood film director, and Uday Chopra, who manages the international dealings of Yash's production house, Yash Raj Films.


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