Veteran Tamil actor S N Lakshmi who had donned the role of a mother in many films, died in Chennai after a heart attack last night. She was 85.
She was admitted to a private hospital a couple of days back. Her body was brought to her residence at Saligramam, where people from the film industry paid their last respects.
Her body will be taken to her native Virudhunagar district where the last rites will be performed tomorrow.
The versatile Lakshmi had acted in several Tamil and Telugu films, her memorable ones being Michael Madhana Kamaraj, Mahanadhi and Kadhala Kadhala. She had acted with top stars like M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
Condoling her death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that Lakshmi, a recipient of the state government's prestigious titles like Kalaimamani and Kalaiselvam, had acted in more than 1,500 films and 6,000 dramas. "Her death is a great loss to the film world," she said.