Sir Ben Kingsley, star of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning epic Gandhi, has revealed his sadness at the death of the filmmaker.
"He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him," said Sir Ben.
"I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly."
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