Noted socialite and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, passed away on Monday night at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. She was 70. According to family sources, she has been cremated.
It is being said that Parmeshwar, wife of Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, was suffering from a degenerative ailment in the lungs.
Besides Adi, Parmeshwar, a former air hostess with Air India, is survived by three children -- Nisaba, Pirojsha and Tanya Dubash.
Parmeshwar, also known for her unique fashion sense, was renowned for her work in combating AIDS through the Heroes Project which she launched in 2004 along with Hollywood actor Richard Gere and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.
US cinema actor and AIDS campaigner Richard Gere (R) gestures during the launch of the 'Heroes Project' as socialite Parmeshwar Godrej (L) looks on in Mumbai on July 7, 2004. The Heroes Project was launched with the aimed to mobilise society and media industry to fight against HIV/AIDS in India. Pic/AFP
A popular socialite with the signature beret, and once a Page 3 regular, Parmeshwar had hosted a party for international talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in 2012.
The news of her demise was received on Tuesday with shock and disbelief by friends and celebrities.
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Parmeshwar Godrej was one of the first air hostesses for Air India
(With Agency inputs)