Indian Actor Irrfan Khan Passes Away At 54 After Long Battle With Cancer

Bollywood superstar Irrfan Khan has passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2018 and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Mumbai hospital with a colon infection.

However, Bollywood director Shoojit Sircar who worked with him in ‘Piku’ broke the sad news on Twitter. “My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om Shanti. Irfaan Khan salute,” he wrote.

Moreover, the 54-year-old also lost his 95-year-old mother Saeeda Begum in Jaipur just three days ago. The ‘Piku’ actor could not attend his mother’s funeral because of the lockdown.

Khan’s health suddenly deteriorated as a result of which he needed immediate medical attention. He was admitted to the hospital’s ICU. His wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons were also with him.

His family issued an official statement:

“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. 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”.

Twitter grieves Irrfan Khan’s death

Khan had undergone treatment abroad for several months in 2019, working on just one project at that time. His last film was ‘Angrezi Medium’ which hit the screens days before the lockdown.

Bollywood and people across the globe are shaken with the news and sending their condolence messages through Twitter.

Khan’s positive attitude towards life

Furthermore, best known for his performance in films like ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Piku’, the actor earned an Indian National Award for his powerful act in sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. His films ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Life of Pi’ gave him global recognition.

Before the release of his last film, the actor had shared an empowering video message for his fans, stating that the only choice he had was to remain positive. “One doesn’t have any other choice but to remain positive. Whether you are able to make lemonade in such situations is entirely up to you. We’ve made this film with the same sort of positivity. I hope this film is able to make you laugh and cry in equal measure,” he said.

Surrounded by his loved ones and family, Irrfan left for heavenly abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace.


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