Veteran actress and dancer Jyothi Lakshmi passed away at her residence in Chennai on Tuesday.
The yesteryear actress was reportedly suffering from cancer.
She had worked in over 300 films in five different languages, mainly in Tamil and Telugu movies.
âWe regret to inform you that veteran actress Jyothi Lakshmi passed away today, i.e. 9.8.2016, at Chennai due to ill health. She had entered the film Industry in 1963. And she has acted in more than 300 films,â a statement released by the Movie Artist's Association (MAA) said.
She made her debut in the film industry with the 1963 hit Tamil movie "Periya Idathu Penn" and went on to act as lead in several movies in the 70s.
Jyothi Lakshmi was a trained dancer and "songs and dance numbers of the 70s and 80s were composed specifically for her", states a Sakshi Post report. The report adds that at the peak of her career, directors used to queue up to cast her in their films.
She has also been seen in several female-oriented films.
Her sister Jayamalini is also a popular actor and dancer from the 80s.
Condolences have been pouring in from her fans and members of the film fraternity on social media.
Veteran actress #jothilakshmi passed away.she succumbed to cancer.may her soul RIP.u Wil b remembered forever.deepest condolences 2 da fmlyâ Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) August 9, 2016
Very sad to hear of the sudden demise of Actress Jothilaxmi, worked with her in Annamalai serial. Lovely lady and a great dancer RIPâ Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) August 9, 2016
RIP - Jyothilakshmi an actress who has done more than 300 films in 5 languages worked as heroine, vamp & character artist passed away today.â Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) August 9, 2016
Rest in peace Jyothi Lakshmi garuâ Usha (@VavvetiUsha) August 9, 2016
What a graceful dancer & actor you are!
Strength to the family.