After Irrfan Khan, we lost another Bollywood great, the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. He was suffering from cancer for the last two year. On Wednesday morning, the actor was admitted to HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai due to his health deteriorating. The 67-year-old actor was in the US for a year for treatment. Today morning at 8:45 am he passed away.
His death has drawn deep condolences from people in the entertainment industry and leaders. His family said in a statement, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last,”
“In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way,” his family said.
The news of Rishi’s tragic demise has shocked and saddened the film fraternity. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !”
Akshay Kumar remembered the ‘legend’ and wrote on Twitter, “It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare…just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family.” Here are other tweets made by the celebs –
The son of Raj Kapoor was first seen in the Indian cinema in Mera Naam Joker where he played the role of a child artist. He received a National Award for Mera Naam Joker. His first debut film was Bobby (19730) opposite Dimple Kapadia. Since then, Rishi has acted with notable films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz, Yeh Vaada Raha, Saagar, Aap Ke Deewane and Khel Khel Mein.