Actor Irrfan Khan passes away battling cancer

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Actor Irrfan Khan

File photo: Actor Irrfan Khan

Actor Irrfan Khan died in a Mumbai hospital today, losing his battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his representative said. He was 53.

The Maqbool actor, who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, lost his mother in Jaipur just four days ago. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital with a colon infection.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of actor Irrfan Khan, saying he will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums.

Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Irrfan Khan, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Twitter.

Sad to learn about the demise of Hindi film actor Shri Irrfan Khan. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said in a tweet.

Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre, PM Modi said on Twitter.

“He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said.

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’, the statement read.

The film, which hit the theatres in March just before the lockdown that began on March 25, turned out to be his last cinematic outing.

Irrfan won best actor National Award for his performance in 2012’s biographical drama Paan Singh Tomar .

The actor was honoured with Padma Shri in 2011.

In 2015 the actor was on RSTV show Guftagoo for a special interview