Former MTV VJ in India Sophiya Haque dies at age 41

London, Jan 18 (ANI): Once popular MTV VJ in India Sophiya Haque, who had been performing in the West End production of 'Privates on Parade', has died in London after battling cancer. She was 41.

Haque, who also appeared in 'Coronation Street', was diagnosed with cancer before Christmas, the BBC reported.

She was suffering from pneumonia and was understood to have developed a clot on her lungs.

Michael Grandage, who directed 'Privates on Parade', said he and her fellow cast members were "devastated".

Haque dropped out of the production about two weeks ago.

Born in Portsmouth, she became a familiar face on television during a seven-year stint as a presenter of MTV Asia.

A talented singer and dancer, she moved to Mumbai in 1997 and starred in a number of films.

On her return in 2002, she starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bollywood-inspired musical 'Bombay Dreams' and took a leading role in the musical adaptation of 'The Far Pavilions'.

More recently, she starred in 'Wah! Wah! Girls' at London's Theatre Royal Stratford East and Peacock theatre. (ANI)