Two days after the death of actor Om Puri the Mumbai police have registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and interrogated his domestic help and driver. According to a report in DNA , there was a wound on the left side of the actor’s head which may have been sustained in a fall.
The preliminary postmortem report of the actor states that the cause of death is ‘unknown,’ and police have sent the actor’s viscera samples to a forensic lab to ascertain the exact cause of death. The DNA report quoted Mumbai Police Spokesperson and DCP Ashok Dudhe as saying that they would record the statements of the actor’s family members once the latter are back from Nashik where they have gone to perform his last rites.
One of the pioneers of independent cinema in India, Puri is known for his gritty performances in several landmark Indian films. His career included films in Hindi, English and other regional languages.
Om Puri was born to a Punjabi family in Ambala, Haryana. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune, and subsequently from the National School of Drama in 1973, where actor Naseeruddin Shah was also a student. In 1976, Puri made his movie debut with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal.