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Dubai Bollywood on Sunday mourned the loss of its "king of romance", the director Yash Chopra, who died aged 80 in a Mumbai hospital, without seeing the release of his last film. He had been ill with dengue fever for a few weeks but had appeared to be recovering as recently as last Wednesday.

He is survived by wife Pamela and two sons Aditya, a filmmaker, and Uday, an actor. "He died of multi-organ failure. He was in the ICU," a hospital official told IANS.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt called Chopra's death a huge loss to Bollywood.

"My brother Mukesh Bhatt called me at 6.30 pm and was crying. He gave me the news that Yashji is no more. He was very close to him. It is a sad demise and a huge loss," Bhatt told IANS.

At the time of going to press, Shah Rukh Khan, the star of Chopra's final film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which is set for release on November 13, had not issued a statement or tweet. Chopra directed Khan, known as King Khan, in some of his biggest hits, including Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer Zara. Amitabh Bachchan, who rose to fame as Bollywood's "angry young man" in Chopra's Deewar, simply tweeted "T 906 - Yash Chopra passes away .. Just now a hour ago ..".

However many Bollywood stars -- many of them actors and actresses who had worked with Chopra -- took to twitter immediately to share their grief, including actress Madhuri Dixit, who appeared alongside Khan in Dil To Pagal Hai.

"Just got the news that Yashji passed on. He was one of the giants of cinema. My deepest condolences to his family. We will all miss him," she tweeted.

Chopra's five-decade career saw him direct some of Indian cinema's most iconic films, including "Kabhi Kabhie", "Trishul", EoACAySilsila', EoACAyChandni' and EoACAyDilwale Duhania Le Jayenge', creating the much-imitated romantic style that became known as a "Yash Chopra romance" and in the process winning six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards and four Filmfare Award for Best Director.

Akshay Kumar, who recently lost his father-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna, the star of Chopra's Daag, said: "I'm in shock and numb, can't believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr. Yash Chopra is no more. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family."

"Yash Uncle we will miss you. May god give peace to your soul . R. I. P," tweeted Preity Zinta, while actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, used the microblogging site to remember the director of his first film. "My first director :( remember the way he pampered me as a child in VIJAY. Worked for him. I love him truly. An inspiration FOREVER ! :( :(," he tweeted.

"From Deewar to Chandni his range was just unbelievable," said Chopra's fellow director, Ram Gopal Varma.

Here are many other twitter memorials from the stars of Bollywood.

Asha Bhosle: "Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year."

Anupam Kher: ash ji was my anchor, my quiet strength & my father figure in Mumbai. Never realised when our relationship shifted from films to Family."

Anurag Basu: "#Yash chopra-Human relations will never be the same on indian screen..the way he potrayed,nobody did ,nobody could..suppose nobody ever will."

Boman Irani: "If you asked him for a favor, he would be the one following it up. Then when you thanked him, he would fend it off with a joke..everytime!!! Saddened and numbed! Oh Yash Uncle...we will miss you!!!"

Neha Dhupia: "Shocked and saddened to hear bout yash ji. Thank you for ur movies and ur magic sir... U ll never be forgotten! Rest in peace."

Lara Dutta Bhupathi: "All I ever really knew of Hindi films began with Yash uncles brand of cinema. RIP Yash Chopra ji. Will miss you terribly."

Sonam Kapoor: "Heartbroken.. Please RIP."

Arshad Warsi: "I am extremely shocked n utterly saddened to hear about Yashji.... It's such a huge loss to our industry... May his soul rest in peace."

Bipasha Basu: "We lost the iconic,inspiring n always smiling Yash Chopra today.Saddened and shocked by this news.He will be missed forever.RIP Yash Uncle."

Shilpa Shetty: "Just heard the tragic news of Yash uncle passing away. The epitome of Romance a great man...will miss him dearly. R.I.P Yash Uncle"

Gul Panag: "Yash Chopra;( #legend".

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Divya Dutta: "Numbed hearing this!jst met him at amitji s bday!he was so full of life !terrible loss!RIP yashji!"

Sushmita Sen: "Mr. Yash Chopra..a legend of love and love stories passes away :( my condolences to all his loved ones. Deeply saddened. Rest in Peace Sir.."

Ranganathan Madhavan: "RIP Yash Ji. Romance and Love shall forever miss you.Farewell and may the heavens above learn Love from you."

Sonam Kapoor: "Rip yashji. #jabtakhaijaan"

Vivek Oberoi: "The legendary romantic, the poet of evergreen love, the magician who created the greatest love stories...RIP Yash uncle...u will be missed!"

Riteish Deshmukh: "The man who taught the country how to fall in love -passes away - you will always be with us thru ur work- King of Romance- RIP YASHJI."

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