Mumbai । Veteran Actor Rishi Kapoor died in a Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Mumbai at the age of 67 on Thursday. He fought a two year battle with blood cancer. On Wednesday morning, the actor was admitted to hospital after he complained of uneasiness.
His death was first announced by colleague and Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday morning.
“T 3517 – He”s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed!,” Amitabh tweeted on Thursday,” tweeted Big B.
Although he deleted that tweet after a while.
Later his family confirmed the News to the world.
A statement from the family read:
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.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is ‘anguished’ by the Rishi Kapoor’s demise.
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
Rishi Kapoor is survived by wife, actress Neetu Kapoor, daughter Riddhima and son Ranbir.
In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, following which the actor was in New York for nearly a year to undergo treatment. He returned to India in September 2019 after recovering. But in February 2020 the actor was admitted to hospital in quick succession in February.