BOLLYWOOD actor and producer Rajiv Kapoor has died suddenly aged 58 after a heart attack.

Heartbroken film industry friends paid tribute to the star, a member of India's famous Kapoor acting dynasty.

Reports say he had a heart attack on Tuesday morning in Mumbai's Chembur suburb.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh said on social media: "Devastated!! Another big loss to the family one of my most favourite people in the world.

"Love him so so dearly. Don’t remember a Happy Moment without him. Chimpu uncle we will miss you."

Actor and model Divya Dutta wrote: "That’s a terribly shocking news. RIP Rajeev kapoor."

He was cremated after a small family funeral yesterday.

Nephew Ranbir Kapoor, one of India's biggest stars, and his British actress girlfriend Alia Bhatt were among the mourners.

Sister-in-law Neetu Kapoor, also an actor, told fans on Instagram there will be no "chautha" public mourning ceremony because of Covid.

A family statement said: "Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will be no chautha held for the late Mr Rajiv Kapoor for safety reasons.

"May his soul rest in peace. The entire Raj Kapoor family is a part of your grief too."

Rajiv was the youngest son of celebrated actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, and the brother of Rishi Kapoor, who died of cancer last April.

Rajiv was best known for playing the leading role in his father's last film as director, Ram Teri Ganga Maili in 1985.

He also starred in a series of others hits including Aasmaan, Lover Boy and  Zimmedaaar before turning to producing and directing himself.

Rajiv produced Henna in 1991, directed by his brother Randhir, and in 1996 he made his directorial debut with Prem Granth, starring his brother Rishi.

He also produced Aa Ab Laut Chalen in 1999, which was directed by Rishi Kapoor.

Rajiv married architect and fashion designer Aarti Sabharwal in 2001.

They had no children and divorced after two years. 

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