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Report: Bollywood star dies at 88

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:52 AM EST, Sun December 4, 2011
The star was known for his good looks and leading roles in romantic movies.
The star was known for his good looks and leading roles in romantic movies.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bollywood star Dev Anand dies in London Saturday night
  • Legendary Indian actor is known for his roles in a series of movies
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered his condolences Sunday

(CNN) -- Bollywood movie star Dev Anand, a fixture in the Indian film industry for decades, has died of an apparent heart attack, CNN IBN reported Sunday. He was 88.

Anand died in a London hotel Saturday night, his family said.

The legendary Indian actor was known for his roles in a series of movies, including "Johnny Mera Naam," "Des Pardes" and "Hare Rama Hare Krishna."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered his condolences Sunday.

"Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades," Singh said in a statement, according to CNN IBN.

"He was an embodiment of a life long passion for acting and film making. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death."

The star, who was known for his good looks and leading roles in romantic movies, released his book, "Romancing with Life" in 2007.

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