Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on Thursday morning. He was 67-year-old. The news was shared by his friend and co-actor Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter. Kapoor survived by son Ranbir Kapoor, wife Neetu Kapoor, and daughter Ridhima Kapoor.
“He’s gone..! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed,” he wrote on Twitter
A day before, his elder brother Randhir Kapoor had said the actor was taken to H.N. Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after some breathing difficulties. “He is in the hospital after suffering from cancer. Rishi has some breathing problem, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now,” Randhir had then said.
Rishi Kapoor’s death comes a day after actor Irrfan Khan’s demise. Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Randhir confirming Rishi Kapoor’s passing in Mumbai hospital.
Kapoor family issues statement on Rishi Kapoor’s death
The Kapoor family in a statement said, “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 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”.
The statement further reads, “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 recognize 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.”
Another heartbreak for Bollywood
However, soon after the shocking news, Twitter is flooded with condolence messages.
My heart is so heavy. This is the end of an era. #Rishisir your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be encountered again. Such a privilege to have known you even a little bit. My condolences to Neetu maam, Ridhima, Ranbir and the rest of the family. Rest in peace Sir. pic.twitter.com/TR6GVSN4m7
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 30, 2020
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
One blow after another. Rishi ji’s passing away is nothing short of a stab to my heart. We associated in Raju Chacha (2000) and stayed in touch through…until now. Condolences to Neetuji, Ranbir, Riddhima & Dabbooji 🙏
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) April 30, 2020
Oh My God !! Mr Rishi Kapoor Ji Passes away. Yet another Terrible Heartbreaker😔 💔
My Heartfelt condolences to the Kapoor Family!!
May God Bless His Soul in the Higher World 😔🙏 #RipRishiKapoor
— AMRITA RAO (@AmritaRao) April 30, 2020
I am speechless and completely heartbroken. Been a fan of Rishi Kapoor all my life. Loved him for his talent, wit, positive energy, this is terrible. First Irfan and now Rishi Kapoor… Dear God please look after these great souls 🙏
— Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) April 30, 2020
I just remember meeting you a couple of months ago.. So so warm and one of the best evenings of my life with conversations straight from the heart .. Our Deepest condolences to Neetuji, RiddhimA, Ranbir and the entire Kapoor family.. Heartbroken #RipRishiji
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) April 30, 2020
— Yo Yo Honey Singh (@asliyoyo) April 30, 2020
Waking up to a news like this is gut-wrenching! A Legendary actor, loved by millions of people around the world has just left us. Your style, brilliance, your smile & joie de vivre… will be dearly missed, Rishi ji❤️ Your legacy will live on for generations to come.#RishiKapoor pic.twitter.com/1D1KBlqqWB
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) April 30, 2020
You will always be in our hearts sir. Your charm your warmth and your unforgettable performances will give light to us all in the darkest moments. Deepest condolences to Neetuji , Ranbir and the entire family. pic.twitter.com/QsLYZ9ee0B
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) April 30, 2020
This cannot be true! Rishi sir was my favourite man,and favourite co-star ever! I still remember being nervous around him in Shuddh Desi Romance. He would put me at ease and treat me just like a friend! Will never forget every advice,every joke he told.❤️ #RIP #RishiKapoor pic.twitter.com/dfIi935I0v
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) April 30, 2020
I'm at an absolute & total loss for words.Holding this phone in disbelief. Yesterday Irrfan and now …. Gutted , sad , heartbroken .I truly believed you'll come out of this .You will be missed , Sir . RIP . Om Shanti.
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) April 30, 2020
I've had the honour of working with Rishi ji. A larger than life person, so outspoken yet so warm. We have lost a brilliant actor today. Still can't believe it.. absolutely heartbroken. My prayers are with the family during this tough time. pic.twitter.com/gFNAXUoxFT
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) April 30, 2020
Rishi Kapoor’s health
Moreover, the actor returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year. In February, Kapoor was hospitalized twice due to health issues. Kapoor, who was quite active on social media, didn’t post anything on his Twitter account since April 2.
His last message on Twitter was about how India should fight unitedly against the coronavirus war. “An appeal folded hands to all brothers and sisters from all social status and faiths. Please don’t resort to violence, stone-throwing, or lynching. Doctors, Nurses, Medics, Policemen, etc. are endangering their lives to save you. We have to win this Coronavirus war together. Please,” he wrote.
Yesterday, another Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away. Bollywood fans across the globe and film fraternity were still coping up with the loss when Kapoor’s death came as another shocker today.
The actor had recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, also featuring Deepika Padukone.
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