Bollywood legend, Rishi Kapoor has passed away in a Mumbai hospital, after a battle with leukaemia.
The 67-year old star had been rushed to hospital on Wednesday morning. His brother, Randhir Kapoor had reassured fans and was hopeful that Rishi will be “alright”. He said, “He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problem, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now.”
Rishi, who made his official debut with the 1973 blockbuster ‘Bobby’, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018. He was treated for the illness in New York for a year before returning to India last September.
A statement issued by the family said:
Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST 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.
He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.
He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.
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.
The news comes a day after the world lost Bollywood legend, Irrfan Khan. The actor passed away on Wednesday after suffering from colon infection.