Bollywood’s phenomenal actor Irrfan Khan passed away at 54 in in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for for an colon infection. Actor Irrfan Khan in the year 2018 was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.
Irrfan battled through the tumour for several months and returned to Mumbai some months ago after being treated in London.
According to a statement released by his family stated that Mr. Khan spent his final hours “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about.”
Irrfan Khan was one of Indian cinema’s most respected thespians, his performance was acknowledged internationally for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic Park.
Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons. Yesterday, his spokesperson confirmed that he had been taken to the intensive care unit and later, few hours ago dismissed rumours that Irrfan Khan had died.
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who directed Irrfan Khan in Piku, tweeted: “My dear friend Irrfan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute,” he tweeted.
Here’s the statement released on behalf of Irrfan Khan’s family:
“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. 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. 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.”
In Irrfan Khan’s unfortunate demise Bollywood truly lost its finest actor and a gem of a talent.