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Delhi: The Shiv Sena Supremo, affectionately called The Tiger, Balasaheb Thackeray, passed away at 3.30PM on Saturday after protracted illness. Thackeray was 86. For a considerable period of time, the politician had been battling illness. Bollywood poured their emotions on Twitter. Here’s what some of the tweets read:

Madhur Bhandarkar: RIP Balasaaheb. He lived with great conviction in his believes, which led him to be a great leader. Wish strength to his family! Balasaaheb was outspoken & sharp observer. He will deeply be missed.

Dia Mirza: RIP Bala Saheb. Let there be peace.

Gul Panag: RIP RT @ANI_news: Bal Thackeray took his last breath at 3:30PM

Suhel Seth: RIP Bal Thackeray…let there be peace

Shirish Kunder: RIP Bal Thackeray

Neha Dhupia: RIP BALASAHEB ….

Randeep Hooda: RIP #balasaheb .. Loss!!! A mountain of a personality a sea of contradictions but the blunt truth never hurt anybody as deep as not taking a stand.

Vivek Oberoi: RIP Balasaheb—The Roaring Tiger of Maharashtra! Our prayers are with the Thackeray family and the millions of followers!

Siddharth: Bal Thakeray is dead. If you’re not a born Maharashtrian,I don’t think he would like you stealing condolences for his death from his people.

Aftab Shivdasani: Another legend passes away..let’s pray for the soul of Shri Balasaheb Thackeray.. May the Divine grant him peace.. Om Sai Ram

Raj Kundra: RIP Balasaheb what little I know of Mumbai….all I can say is ‘Ek tha Tiger!’ He was one man that millions looked upto! God Bless his Soul.


Ajay Devgn: A man of convictions and a man of vision. A great leader. Rest in peace Balasaheb!

Hema Malini: The battle is over & eternal life begins. I’m so sorry the loss Shri Bala Sahib’s family is enduring. My thoughts & prayers are with u all.

Shobhaa De: Maharashtra’s mighty Tiger roars no more. RIP,Balasaheb Thackeray…

Ranvir Shorey: Tiger to the end. RIP, Balasaheb.

Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj 3:30 baje, hindu hriday samrat, param adarniya Shri Balasaheb Thackeray hum logon ko chhodke anant mein vileen ho gaye. Yeh satya hai ki aaj Maharashtra anaath ho gaya. Unhone itne saalon se jo mahaan kaarya, aur Maharashtra ki sewa ki hai, aur Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ka naam Maharashtra mein zinda rakha, aisa kisi ne nahi kiya. Balasaheb ki pavitra aatma ko hum Mangeshkar koti-koti pranaam karte hain aur unki aatma ko Ishwar shanti de, yehi prarthana karte hain.

Amitabh Bachchan: I sat by his bedside for hours these past few days, a prayer in my heart, watching him struggling to breathe, but fighting .. Each day he continued his struggle with a grit that was baffling even for the doctors on hand .. And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine that he has left us !

Arjun Rampal: RIp Balasaheb, condolences to his family. Peace be with you and all your loved ones.

Karan Johar: Thoughts and prayers with the Thackeray family….RIP balasaab…..

Mahesh Bhatt: Our dead are never dead to us,until we have forgotten them.The memory of Bal Thackeray will live in the memory of we Mubaikars forever.

Anupam Kher: Just woke up in NY to d sad news about BalaSaheb. He’ll always remain larger than life. He was helpful, Courageous & a true Nationalist. RIP

Hrithik Roshan: Tday whn I visited Matoshree hd a silent prayer in my heart& d prayer continues.God bless Balasahebs soul.strength 2 dfamily & well wishers.

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