Irrfan Khan Died At The Age Of 54: Bollywood Industry In Shock

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Irrfan Khan, the most versatile actor in Bollywood cinema, passed away at the age of 54 on Wednesday, April 29, after battling neuroendocrine tumor for two years. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital on Tuesday, April 28, where he was kept under observation for colon infection. India’s most recognizable face in the West and an actor who raised the bar in Bollywood left the entire India shocked in 2018 after breaking the news that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

“I trust, I have surrendered” were the words Irrfan wrote in 2018 when he opened up about his fight with cancer. With this note, his family confirmed his death. Irrfan Khan was a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions along with his deep eyes and remarkable memories on screen. He was a great soul and inspired everyone who came close to him in the industry.

The news of Irrfan’s death was initially shared by filmmaker Soojit Sircar on Twitter, “My dear friend Irrfan. 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. Irrfan Khan salute.”

Bollywood Celebrities, Politicians and Cricketers Mourn for the Loss of Actor
Politicians, B-town celebs and cricketers mourned Irrfan’s death on social media and called it an unimaginable loss for the Bollywood industry. Among the actors who paid tributes to Irrfan Khan were Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Taapsee Pannu, Ranganathan Madhavan, Karan Johar, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Ajay Devgun, Akshay Kumar and Richa Chadha. Politicians like Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to the loss. Cricketers, like Sachin Tendulkar, also mourned for Irrfan’s death.

Irrfan being the eldest of the three siblings joined the National School of Drama after the death of his father. Ironically, Saeeda Begum, Irrfan’s mother, died a few days before Irrfan’s death. His most famous movies including his debut, the Academy Award nominated Salaam Bombay, Maqbool (2004), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunch Box (2013, Haider (2014), Gunday (2014), Piku (2015), Talvar (2015), Hindi Medium (2017) and Angrezi Medium (2020) were superhit releases.

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