Bollywood actor, Rishi Kapoor has died after a two-year battle with leukaemia.
The news of Kapoor’s death is coming barely 24 hours after Irrfan Khan passed away.
Kapoor, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, died at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai.
A statement released by his family reads: “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. 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.”
The statement also appealed to his fans and well-wishers to respect the current lockdown restrictions in India due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Reacting to his demise, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi tweeted: “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.”
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
The deceased who was known for romantic roles, debuted as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor’s film, Mera Naam Joker.
He made a huge splash in 1973 with his first lead role in Bobby – a teenage love story.
Several of his films in the 1980s and 90s – Khel Khel Mein, Karz and Chandni – became massive box office hits.
Kapoor made on-screen pair with actress Neetu Singh in one of Bollywood’s most enduring love stories. They took that romance off-screen and got married in 1980.