At the time of writing, his wife Roopa and daughters Shaista and Sanaa were desperately struggling to bring back the actor's body to India.
Devastated by the suddenness of the tragedy Shabana Azmi, Farooq's co-star for 21 years in the play Tumhari Amrita said, "I can't believe he's gone so suddenly and so cruelly! Farooq was in Dubai with his wife and daughters when he suddenly suffered a massive heart attack. He just collapsed! Just like that. Is that any way to go? And those poor girls, his wife and daughters, trying desperately to get him back to India, not knowing how to cut through the international diplomatic rules…it's so unfair."
Shabana, who did some of her best films with Farooq including Sagar Sarhadi's Lorie, Kalpana Lajmi's Ek Pal and Muzaffar Ali's Anjuman, not to mention the longevous play Tumhari Amrita directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, couldn't believe the enormity of the tragedy. "We were close friends from before we worked together.We were in college together. I can't believe he's gone."
Incidentally, Farooq's father too had died in his 60s of a sudden massive heart attack. Farooq had gone to receive his father at the airport when his father passed away.