Rishi Kapoor, a veteran actor in the Bollywood industry, has passed away earlier today, his death was confirmed by Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend of the family.
Kapoor was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on Wednesday morning.
The cause of his death remains unknown.
Since 2018, Rishi Kapoor was battling against cancer and had to stay in the United States of America for 1 year as part of his treatment.
Randhir Kapoor, the brother of Rishi, told the media that Rishi was admitted to the hospital due to health problems.
A statement was released by the family of Kapoor, which confirmed the death of the actor.
The statement reads:
Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff 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.
Kapoor returned to India in September 2019 after his treatment in the US.
Here are what actors had to say:
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 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2020
We have lost one of the greats today. An amazing actor, a wonderful human being, and 100% a child of Cinema.
Thank you for all the joy you brought to our lives.
Thank you for being the actor and human being that you were.
You will be badly missed Rishiji.
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) April 30, 2020
Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2020
This is a sad sad week for cinema. Rest in peace #RishiKapoor sir. Had the absolute privilege of working with him in #Aurangzeb Used to tell me he can’t call me by name as I shared it with his grand father. Farewell legend. We will miss you! pic.twitter.com/VSZHRqNks9
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) April 30, 2020
Earlier this year, Kapoor was hospitalized two times due to health complications.
Kapoor has acted in the following movies:
- Amar Akbar Anthony
- Laila Majnu
- Rafoo Chakkar
- Prem Rog
- Bol Radha Bol
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kapoor Family.
May you rest in peace, Mr. Rishi Kapoor.