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London: Indian actress and popular VJ Sophiya Haque died in a hospital here today. She was 41. Haque was suffering from pneumonia and had been undergoing tests during which she is believed to have developed a clot in her lungs and passed away in her sleep. The model-actress, who lived in London with her partner and musical director David White, had fallen ill just before Christmas and was diagnosed with cancer.

Sophiya Haque, best known in India as a bubbly Channel V VJ, was a popular stage and television actress in Britain. She recently made her mark on prime-time TV as barmaid Poppy Morales on the well-known soap 'Coronation Street' and was in the midst of a West End production called Privates on Parade.

Talking to PTI, Sophiya Haque's agent Oliver Thomson said, "Sophiya was a wonderful actress and client, but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed." He described Haque's relationship with White as "very happy" and the couple were in the process of building a houseboat together when she fell ill.

We bring you of some of Sophiya Haque's rare-unseen pictures and unknown facts about her. Keep hitting navigation button in the slide show to see them.

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Sophiya Haque hit the big league in Britain when she bagged the role of a Bollywood actress in the Andrew Lloyd Webber and AR Rahman musical Bombay Dreams.

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This led to a number of plum roles in musicals, including as Janoo Rani in Far Pavilions and most recently as Soraya in Wah! Wah! Girls, described as a good-natured Bollywood musical by critics last year.

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In Privates on Parade, which opened here last month, Sophiya Haque was praised for her role of Eurasian Sylvia opposite one of Britain's leading stage actors, Simon Russell Beale.

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Sophiya Haque's sudden death has shocked many in B-Town. After hearing the news of Haque's sudden demise, Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief.

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Kabir Bedi, who worked with the late actress in stage production Far Pavilions, posted, "Saddened by the passing of Sophiya Haque, friend and talented actress, who I acted with in Far Pavilions, London West End."

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Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt tweeted, "Tragic news about Sophiya Haque. One of the most gorgeous women to have walked this planet... Shine on wherever it is you now are love..."

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Model-actress Dia Mirza said, "RIP Sophiya Haque... She definitely was amongst the first VJ's on Indian TV and I loved her."

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VJ turned actor Ranvir Shorey wrote, "She exuded love and warmth wherever she went. Heartbroken RIP, Sophiya Haque."

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Music composer Vishal Dadlani tweeted, "RIP Sophiya Haque, who along with Danny McGill plus Nonie, started a revolution as India's first VJ's on MTV. They were proper megastars in '93."

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We, at Oneindia, express our heartfelt condolences to her family. May the departed soul of Sophiya Haque rest in peace

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