Mumbai: Bollywood A-listers like singer Asha Bhonsle and actor R Madhavan are among the millions grieving the death of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba who breathed his last on Sunday morning following a prolonged illness.

"We don't call this death, he has just taken Samadhi after finishing his work. He did a lot of good, he opened schools and hospitals and he will always be remembered for that," said Asha.

"Sad to hear about the demise of Sathya Sai Baba. He was an inspiration for many. Such an enlightened soul. R.I.P," wrote filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Actor Jackie Shroff who played Shirdi Sai Baba in the movie 'Maalik Ek', said, "His body has gone but the soul remains. All the good things that he did remains and his followers will keep his teachings alive."

Condoling the death of the spiritual leader, actor Riteish Deshmukh said, "The man (Satya Sai Baba) spread love and helped the needy. Had the privilege to meet him and spending time with him. His invaluable guidance will be cherished for a life time. We love you and miss you baba."

"Sri Sathya Sai Baba left his human body and departed away this morning. The body is merely a vehicle. His spirit will continue to guide us as always," actor Vivek Oberoi posted on twitter.

"Just heard that Baba left his body and am sure is on his way to lots of temples, my heart bleeds for his followers, my sincere condolences," filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted.

Actor Rana Daggubati said, "RIP Sathya Sai Baba. My condolences to all his followers.

"Sathya Sai Baba had millions of followers all over the world. Their faith in him held them together. May God give them strength. RIP Baba," veteran actor Anupam Kher said.

"Sai Baba RIP. My condolences to all his followers," tweeted actor R Madhavan.

Director and writer Sangeeth Sivan said "R.I.P. Satya Sai Baba. Condolences to all his followers, disciples and loved ones".

(Agencies)