New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil Sunday condoled the death of legendary actor Dev Anand, saying the film industry has lost a creative talent and a man who personified the spirit of graceful ageing with dignity.
In her message, the president said: "Anand was a legendary film artiste as well as a producer, director and writer who adorned the Hindi cinema with great distinction. He delighted Hindi cinema fans with his vivacious acting and as a popular romantic hero of his times."
The 88-year-old actor passed away after a massive cardiac arrest in London.
Recalling his movies, Patil said: "He shall always be remembered by a generation of film watchers for his exemplified acting in the movies, 'Taxi Driver', 'Munimji', 'Guide', 'Johny Mera Naam', 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' and 'Des Pardes'."
"In his passing away, the film industry has lost a creative talent and a man who personified the spirit of graceful ageing with dignity," she added.
The iconic star is survived by his wife, former actress Kalpana Karthik, a son and a daughter.(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)