Big B took to his blog on Friday night and shared that he was in "deepest grief and shock". "Just lost one of our most sincere staff member - suddenly! Been with us for 30 years managing our Delhi home and office! Spoke to him this morning approving his request for a week's leave to attend to some family matter, and now...gone," the 71-year-old posted.

The thespian said that the man brought up both his children Abhishek and Shweta from when they were almost toddlers.

"Young and healthy, in his 50, no indication of any ailment, left Sopaan our home in Delhi for his place, had a flat (tyre), took it to repair, and collapsed at the garage with a massive cardiac arrest," he added as he mulled over "the suddenness of life and its ways".

The news left the Bachchan family "numbed and in absolute disbelief".

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