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Bollywood queen Sridevi has died . After a heart attack, her family says. She was 54.
The actress known simply as Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding, according to a BBC report.
From the age of four, she had worked in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malaylam, Kannada and Hindi languages.
She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero.
Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi were with her when she died, the Indian Express reports.
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering Hindi films.
She started acting in the late 1960s, but her performance in Malayalam film Poombata in 1971 won her the state award for best child artist.
She debuted as a lead actress in a Bollywood film in 1978, soon becoming one of India’s biggest film stars.
The versatile actress decided to take a break from the film industry after the release of Judaai in 1997.
She made a comeback in 2012, starring in English Vinglish.
In 2013, the Indian government awarded her the Padma Shri — the fourth highest civilian honour.