August 14, 2011 / 5:22 AM / in 8 years

Actor Shammi Kapoor dies at 79

Mumbai (Reuters) - Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor passed away in the early hours of Sunday after a prolonged illness, the doctor attending to him said. He was 79.

Actor Shammi Kapoor was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Bollywood Awards at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, April 30, 2005.

Kapoor, known for his flamboyant style and energetic dance moves that charmed movie-goers of all generations, is survived by his wife Neela Devi and two children.

“He was on dialysis for the past 8 to 9 years and was admitted to hospital a week ago. He had kidney failure, and also respiratory failure,” Bhupendra Gandhi of Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai told Reuters.

The film industry was quick to react.

“Shammi Kapoor ji passed away this morning at 5:15 am... Rushing there now... the flamboyance and joi de verve (sic) of the Industry lost,” actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his Twitter account.

Kapoor, one of the Hindi film industry’s three Kapoor brothers (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), was part of what is known as Bollywood’s first family.

Remembered best for his ‘Yahoo’ song in the movie “Junglee”, Kapoor won a Filmfare award for best actor in 1968 for his role in “Brahmachari”.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar)

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