News regarding veteran actor Om Puri’s death took a turn for the worse when foul play was alleged by some after after postmortem report surfaced. However, even as Mumbai police doubts foul play as the reason for death of the iconic actor, authorities have stated that the cause of death is ‘unknown’. The veteran actor passed away on 6th January, at his Mumbai residence after a heart attack at the age of 66. Mumbai police has registered Accidental Death Report (ADR) on Saturday evening in connection with actor Om Puri’s death, reported ANI.
The news of foul play started spreading when the preliminary postmortem report on the deceased actor stated the cause of death as ‘unknown’. The Mumbai police has, meanwhile interrogated Puri’s domestic help and driver.
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Om Puri was born in Ambala on October 18, 1950 in a Punjabi family. Om Puri had acted in more than 100 films, in various languages including Hindi (Bollywood), English (Hollywood) and some Punjabi movies too. The day he passed away, he came back from the shoot of a Punjabi film. He was an alumnus of 1973 batch of the National School of Drama (NSD) where Naseeruddin Shah was his batch-mate. He was honoured with Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1990 and two National Film Awards during his acting career which spanned for more than forty years. He was also declared an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004.
The veteran actor’s death has left behind a huge void in the film industry. He was also one of the first actors from India to star in Hollywood projects. Om Puri’s death has been condoled by the stalwarts of Hindi film industry, starting from Amitabh Bachchan to actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan.