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Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan passes away following a heart attack

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Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan, known for his performance in films such as "Chashme Bahaddar", "Ek Shodh" and "Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy", died Tuesday morning following a heart attack, actor Vijay Patkar confirmed.

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Patwardhan, 65, breathed his last at his residence in Girgaon, an area in southern Mumbai.

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"He passed away due to a heart attack today around 7-8 am at his residence in Girgaon. He had some severe health issues but that was five years ago.

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"He was actively working in the industry. It is shocking and disheartening news," Patkar, who worked with Patwardhan in "Lavu ka Laath" and "Chashme Bahaddar", told PTI.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde mourned Patwardhan's demise and said Marathi cinema had lost a "great artist" today.

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"Pradeep Patwardhan, the evergreen actor who ruled the hearts of the audience with his graceful acting in Marathi cinema, passed away tragically.

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With his departure, the Marathi art world has lost a great artist," the chief minister wrote in Marathi on Twitter.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule offered condolences to the actor's family and fans on social media.

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"Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of veteran marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan. Heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers with his family members, fans and followers," she said.