Actress Ingrid Pitt, dubbed Hammer Films’ Queen of Horror, has died aged 73, her daughter said.
The Polish-born star collapsed in London last week while on her way to an event hosted by members of her fan club.
Her daughter Steffanie Pitt said she was “a fantastic woman”.
Pitt was best known as a seductive screen siren in a string of British horror films including The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula.
She also had a minor part in the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.
Steffanie Pitt said: “She passed away this morning. It was heart trouble.
“She had a couple of bad years, health-wise, but she had fought through.
“Anyone who knew my mother would say she was incredibly feisty and determined to make a good fist of everything she wanted to do.”
Robin Hardy, the director of The Wicker Man, said he had “very good memories” of Pitt.
He said: “She was a very attractive person in every sense. She was a perfectly good actress but a very decent person as well, not that those two things don’t often go together.”