Former VJ, actress Sophiya Haque dies in London

Indian actress and popular VJ Sophiya Haque passed away in hospital on Thursday. She was 41. It was reported that Sophiya was diagnosed with cancer and had been admitted to a London hospital few weeks back. After receiving lots of accolades for her VJ stint, she tried her hand in acting and debuted with in a film called 'Snip'. The actress had also done modeling and appeared in a song in ‘Mangal Pandey’.

Sophiya Haque was born in Portsmouth to a Bangladeshi father and a British mother.  In 1997, she moved to Mumbai to try her luck in films and became a well known VJ. She moved back to London in 2002 and featured in Andrew Lyod Webber's Bombay Dreams and took a leading role in the musical adaptation of The Far Pavilions. Sophiya was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas.

Her close ones mourned Sophiya’s death. "Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed," said her agent, Oliver Thomson.

The news of her demise was first tweeted by one of her close friends, former VJ Nikhil Chinappa.. Soon, several celebrities took to twitter to express shock and grief over her sudden demise of the West diva.

Pooja Bhatt: Tragic news about Sophiya Haque. One of the most gorgeous women to have walked this planet... Shine on where-ever it is you now are luv...(sic)

Derek O'Brien: Sophia Haque was my guest on the Bournvita Quiz Contest in the mid 1990s... Vivacious,sexy,articulate.Gone too soon(sic)

Lisa Ray: RIP Sophia Haque, my beautiful, vivacious old friend. (sic)

Vishal Dadlani: RIP Sophiya Haque, who along with Danny McGill + Nonie, started a revolution as India's first VJ's on MTV.They were proper megastars in '93. (sic)

R Madhavan: RIP..Sophiya Haque, 1 of early VJ's in MTV, Cadbury model.Cannot forget her in "September Madathil in Alaipayuthe.Shocked and Saddened.(sic)

Kabir Bedi: Saddened by the passing of Sophiya Haque, friend & talented actress, who I acted with in "Far Pavilions", London West End.(sic).