Prominent Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away on Thursday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 71-year-old and was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital last month after complaints of respiratory problems. She is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.

Despite breathing problems, Saroj had tested negative for the coronavirus when she was admitted to the hospital on June 17.

Bollywood’s ‘masterji’ had started her career at the age of three and graduated as a background dancer in the 1950s.

Saroj rose to fame after impressive outcomes with Bollywood actresses Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. Some of her most celebrated choreographed songs were from the films — Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986), Chandni (1989), Tezaab (1988), and Thanedaar (1990).

In 2018, Saroj had collaborated with Madhuri again in Kalank.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar expressed grief at Saroj’s demise as he tweeted: “Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace”.

“#RIP SAROJI YOU WILL BE MISSED …. big loss to dance fraternity …..” renowned choreographer-turned-filmmaker Remo D’Souza said on Twitter.

The last rites of the celebrated choreographer will be performed at Malvani in Malad, Mumbai.