14/12/2017 12:26 PM IST | Updated 14/12/2017 12:40 PM IST

Actor-Director Neeraj Vora Dies At 54

'I've lost the battle to save my brother and friend from the clutches of death,' said Firoz Nadiadwala.

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MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA JANUARY 12: Neeraj Vora at the announcement ceremony of Hera Pheri 3.(Photo by Milind Shelte/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Actor-director Neeraj Vora, best-known for directing Hera Pheri 2, passed away early morning on December 14 at Mumbai's Criti Care hospital.

Vora, who was in coma following a heart attack in 2016, was 54. He was being looked after by producer Firoz Nadiadwala, who converted one of the rooms in his house into a makeshift ICU of sorts.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit told The Indian Express, "Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala's place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last."

Firoz Nadiadwala said, "I've lost the battle to save my brother and friend from the clutches of death."

A gifted writer, Vora also acted in films including Akele Hum Akele Tum, Rangeela, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, , Virasat, Mann, Satya, Mast, Pukar and Company.

His colleagues from the film industry condoled his death on Twitter:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences:

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