Actor Irrfan Khan passes away in Mumbai
After being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer, in 2018, he had gone abroad for treatment. After his return in 2019, the actor shot for "Angrezi Medium", the sequel to his 2017 hit "English Medium". However, his health condition prevented him from promoting the movie, which hit the theatres in March just before the lockdown that began on March 25.
Indian filmstar Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday in Mumbai, after a prolonged battle with cancer, said a statement from his spokesperson. He was 53.
The “Maqbool” actor was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer, in 2018. He had lost his mother in Jaipur just four days ago. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital with a colon infection.
“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it," read the statement.
T 3516 - .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. ????— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas ????
Deeply disturbed to hear about the passing of #IrrfanKhan . Such a brilliant actor, gone at the age of 53. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May God give them strength to bear this loss. RIP Irrfan ???????? pic.twitter.com/XXsLswTjMm— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) April 29, 2020
Sad to hear the news of #IrrfanKhan passing away. He was one of my favorites & I’ve watched almost all his films, the last one being Angrezi Medium. Acting came so effortlessly to him, he was just terrific.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 29, 2020
May his soul Rest In Peace. ????????
Condolences to his loved ones. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/gaLHCTSbUh
“Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, 'As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it."
Khan had gone abroad for treatment soon after the diagnosis in 2018.
After his return in 2019, the actor shot for "Angrezi Medium", the sequel to his 2017 hit "English Medium". However, his health condition prevented him from promoting the movie, which hit the theatres in March just before the lockdown that began on March 25.
Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in western cinema, following earlier crossover pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.
(With input from PTI, Reuters)