Mumbai: Actor Tom Alter, the Padma Shri award winner, who was suffering from cancer, has died at an age of 67, media reports said.
The actor’s family released a statement which was quoted by the media:”It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father.”
Alter, who was suffering from a stage four skin cancer, returned home on Thursday and died on Friday, news reports said.
Alter was mostly known for his acting in Hindi films. One of his popular films was Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari along with Kranti, Sardar.
He is famous for his archetypal role of Sahib which he played in Indian cinema over the years.
The actor was awarded Padma Shri in 2008.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolence on Twitter, as saying: “Sad to hear of demise of veteran actor Tom Alter. He will be remembered by film lovers. Condolences to his family.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief on the demise of Tom Alter and recalled his contribution to the film world and theatre.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also condoled the demise of thespian Tom Alter.
“Tom Alter ji’s contribution to cinema & theatre is immense. Sad to know of his demise. The void left behind by him will be difficult to fill,” Rahul’s tweeted.