Philanthropist and well-known socialite Parmeshwar Godrej died on Monday night at the age of 70. She had reportedly been suffering from a lung disease, said dna. Godrej was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital. Her husband, businessman Adi Godrej and chairman of the Godrej Group, has not yet made a public statement. She is survived by her husband and three children – Nisaba, Pirojsha, and Tanya Dubash.

In 2004, she launched the “Heroes Project” with Hollywood actor Richard Gere in an effort to raise awareness about HIV/Aids in India. The project received millions of dollars in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other international donors. She was also often featured in the tabloids, which routinely covered her fashion choices and high-profile appearances, including the lavish party she hosted for American talk show host Oprah Winfrey when she visited India in 2012.

Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan tweeted: