Irrfan Khan, one of Bollywood’s most acknowledged and beloved actors, recognized globally for his casting in Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pie, died on the 29th of April, aged 53.

Khan revealed that he had a neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare cancer where abnormal growths arise from the neuroendocrine cells of the body, in 2018.

He then underwent treatments at a hospital in London for his illness. On Tuesday, Khan was admitted to the ICU of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, because of a colon infection. As Khan’s spokesperson says, even during his final moments, he “was still fighting the battle.” The actor’s mother died last week, but he couldn’t attend the funeral as a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Irrfan Khan: Bollywood Icon of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ And ‘Life Of Pie’ Dies At 53
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Widely known for his work in Hindi cinema, British films, and Hollywood, Khan made his screen debut with Salaam Bombay! which was nominated for Academy Awards. This was followed by a series of successful movies and dramas such as Haasil, Maqbool, and Life in a…Metro. His outstanding performances in the BAFTA Award-nominated The Lunchbox, and his highest-grossing Hindi release Hindi Medium, earned him international recognition.

Irrfan Khan: Bollywood Icon of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ And ‘Life Of Pie’ Dies At 53
Hindi Medium (2017)

He was also a part of many international projects like the BAFTA Award-winning film The Warrior, The Darjeeling Limited, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, and the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Irrfan Khan: Bollywood Icon of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ And ‘Life Of Pie’ Dies At 53
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Not only was he known well as a movie star, but Khan had a reputation for modesty and integrity as well. News of his death sent India into mourning as actors, fans, and politicians took to social media to express their condolences.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas tweeted:

Amitabh Bachchan, another Bollywood legend, said:

Actor Shah Rukh Khan called him, “The greatest actor of our times”.

Khan’s body rests at the Versova Kabristan cemetery in Mumbai.

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