Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt and Javed Akhtar have expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise of union Minister for Rural Development and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde in Delhi Tuesday.
Munde, 64, an important figure in Maharashtra politics, was on his way to the Indira Gandhi International Airport when his Maruti Suzuki SX4 car was hit by a Tata Indica at Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi around 6.20 a.m., police said.
The tinsel town remembers him as 'leader' and an 'inspiring gentleman'. Here's what the celebrities posted on Twitter:
Mahesh Bhatt: Tragic! Gopinath Munde, a fine human being & leader has 'passed away'. The nation mourns his loss (sic).
Asha Bhosle: Condolences to Gopinathji's family. Deeply saddened to hear this news. He was a good friend & well wisher.
Javed Akhtar: The sudden demise of Mr. Munde has come as a shock to everyone. My condolence to the family and friends.
Subhash Ghai: Personally Shocked n sad. Munde ji was an inspiring gentleman I knew. He would smile n share everyone's grief god bless his noble soul (sic).
Madhur Bhandarkar: Shocked to hear about Mundeji. Will miss his rare combination of admirable leadership skills with a down to earth yet vibrant personality (sic).
Ronnie Screwvala: Life has its own turns - and we do not always know whats around the bend - RIP Gopinath Munde (sic).
Pritish Nandy: Sad. Gopinath Munde. Can't claim his friendship but he was a decent man. Readying to contest for Maharashtra's CM job (sic).
Sanjay Gupta: Saddened by the news of Mr. Munde's death. The unpredictability of life... RIP Gopinathji.
Atul Kulkarni: Pramod Mahajan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Balasaheb Thakre, Gopinath Munde. MRashtra politics is changing at the hands of death rather than people (sic).
Manoj Bajpayee: RIP Mr. Munde! Condolences to the family and friends!
Satish Kaushik: Shocking death of dedicated popular BJP leader from Maharashtra.. May god rest his soul in peace. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Gul Panag: Terrible to hear about the untimely demise of Mr Gopinath Munde. Deepest condolences. RIP.
Riteish Deshmukh: I am shocked beyond words - Apart from being a big leader for me Mundeji was my father's closest friend - an unfathomable loss.