The Prison Break and former Bollywood star passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday after suffering a ruptured ulcer in his intestine, according to TMZ.
Chowdhry’s career begun as a Bollywood actor, starring in Indian comedies in the late ’70s and early ’80s before moving to Hollywood.
While there, he wrote the screenplay for ‘Sam and Me’, 1991, which is based on the lives of Indian immigrants in Canada.
He enjoyed fame in recent years playing Vikram in the US version of The Office and other hit TV shows including Prison Break and Cosby.
Chowdhry also appeared in a number of American films, including Nicolas Cage 1994 romcom ‘It Could Happen To Yo’ and ‘Last Holiday’ in 2006 alongside Queen Latifah.
The talented actor lived in New York, but travelled back to India to receive dental treatment months ago, TMZ reported.
According to Indian theatre actor Dolly Thakore, he was supposed to return to the US, but couldn’t do so as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.
While in India he reportedly underwent emergency surgery after suffering a ruptured ulcer in his intestine.
Local media say that his funeral will be held on April 16, and a gathering to celebrate his life is set for May 5.
Shocked Bollywood stars took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Rahul Khanna tweeted: “Gutted to learn of #RanjitChowdhry’s passing. Despite his diminutive frame, he was a towering icon of Indian diaspora cinema and a master of his craft.”