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Indian Actor Raj Kumar Dies of Heart Attack at 77

Raj Kumar, one of south India's most famous actors, has died. Media reports put him in his mid-seventies.

The acclaimed actor died Wednesday in the southern city of Bangalore. His personal physician says he died of a heart attack.

Kumar appeared in more than 200 Kannada-language films over five decades. He was known for never smoking cigarettes or playing a drunkard on screen.

In 2000, Kumar was kidnapped by one of India's most famous criminals, Veerappan. He was freed after being held for more than 100 days.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .