Dev Anand Dies

Dev Anand earlier this year
Dev Anand, the Indian actor revered the world over for his stylish film work and his youthful, ebullient approach to life, died in London on Sunday of a heart attack. He was 88.

Anand, who acted in more than 110 films in a career that spanned six decades, was a Bollywood legend and an icon for generations of young people. With his good looks and stately personal bearing, he became a major star soon after his 1946 silver-screen debut, and was often compared to the American actor Gregory Peck.

News of his death brought an immediate outpouring of grief and remembrance.

“Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades,” Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement. “He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death.”

On Twitter, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan wrote that Anand”s death “leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again.” The novelist Salman Rushdie wrote: “I grew up watching your films. Sorry to say goodbye.”

Anand, who also produced and directed movies, was reportedly in London for a medical checkup. He will be cremated this week in the British capital, according to reports.