Christopher 'Saruman' Lee dies at 93, Bollywood pays tribute

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, None
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2015 10:42 IST

Christopher Lee, who played Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the 1998 film Jinnah among several iconic characters during his long acting career, has died in a London hospital aged 93.

The actor passed away in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, on Sunday after being treated for respiratory problems.

The star-- who played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film franchise -- was said to have been treated at the hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure in the last 3 weeks.

He was also known for his appearance as Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 and played Count Dooku in two Star Wars motion pictures.

A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Register Office issued a death certificate for Mr Christopher Lee on Monday 8 June, Mr Lee died on Sunday 7 June."

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away," the British Film Institute tweeted.

Many big names from Bollywood also paid tribute to the legendary actor.

Widely known for his portrayal of Dracula and Frankenstein, the London-born Lee acted in over 250 films, and called his Jinnah roled one of his best performances. Lee, knighted in 2009, was due to star in Lars Ole Hansen movie The 11th. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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