Reema Lagoo, a Bollywood actress who often played the role of the “loving mother,” died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night in a hospital in Mumbai. She was 59.

Lagoo appeared in over 160 films over the course of her career, which began in 1979. In many of the films and television shows she appeared in, she played the mother of the lead character.

Lagoo’s death was sudden and unexpected. The actress did not suffer from any other health problems, related to her death or otherwise, according to members of her family.

Soon after passing away in the hospital, Lagoo was cremated and her funeral was held. Many of her former colleagues and fans attended the funeral including actors Aamir Khan and Kajol Kapoor. Lagoo played both actor’s mother at some point during their career.


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Lagoo often played Bollywood star Salman Khan’s mother, as the pair appeared in several films together. The first time Lagoo played Khan’s mother was 28 years ago, in Khan’s first film.

Actress Priyanka Chopra shared her thoughts on the industry giant’s passing. “Such a loss to art and cinema. You are and will always be our favourite sceen mom. My condolences to the family,” Chopra wrote on Twitter.

Lagoo, a mother in real life, is survived by her daughter Mrunmayee Lagoo.

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