London: Rich tributes were paid to the memory of Dev Anand, the legendary Bollywood filmstar who died here on Saturday following a heart attack.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Dev Anand. We pray to the Almighty to give strength to the family to bear the loss," said Rajesh Prasad, India's acting High Commissioner to the UK at a function here.

Eric Pickes, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said he was saddened by the death of Dev Anand "who lived his life to the full as his famous song from 'Guide', "Gata Rahe Mera Dil" indicated.

The melodious song was played at the function organized by Indian journalists at Grosvenor House here on Monday night.

Pickles said he was a fan of Hindi movies and that one of his favourite films was Dev Anand's "Jewel Thief".

His trademark puff of hair and his sloping walk in films like "CID" and "Jewel Thief", created a huge fan following, making him living legend.

Dev Anand, whose idol was Hollywood star Gregory Peck, gave countless hits like "Guide", "Paying Guest", "Baazi", "Jewel Thief ", "CID", "Johny Mera Naam", "Amir Garib", "Warrant", "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" and "Des Pardes".

For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious 'Padma Bhushan' in 2001 and 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' in 2002.

88-year-old Dev Anand Dev Anand had come to London for rest and medical check-up and died after a massive cardiac arrest in his hotel room on Saturday.

His funeral is likely to be held here on Saturday, family sources said on Tuesday.

The funeral will be a quiet affair, confined only to family members, they said. It will be followed by a memorial service where the public will be invited.

(Agencies)