The comedian, singer and stage performer passed away after suffering a heart attack in the city of Chennai, editors at the BBC report. She had been ill for some time, her family members said.

She mainly appeared in Tamil films, but also acted in other South Indian language movies and in Hindi, and appeared in more than 1,000 films over six decades.

Stars including actress Sridevi Kapoor, actor/producer Dhanush and actor Siddharth have all paid tribute to Manorama via