Leading Indian actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of after being admitted to a Mumbai hospital this week with a colon infection. The sad news has been confirmed to us by the actor’s representatives.
The Life Of Pi , The Lunchbox and Jurassic World star was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in but continued to act.
A moving statement from Khan’s family to Indian media read: “I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 1202312151 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.”
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The news has been met with a flood of condolences from industry and beyond. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan called Khan “an incredible talent” and “a gracious colleague”:
T – .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. 🙏
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas 🙏
– Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan)
Khan’s The Lunchbox co-star Nimrat Kaur said “India has lost one of her biggest icons today”:
Words fail to describe my sense of shock and horror to learn about Irrfan Khan’s passing away. My prayers and deepest condolences are with the family at this grave hour. India’s lost one of her biggest icons today. Our world left for the poorer… # IrrfanKhan # Forever
– Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) April ,
There was even praise from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said the much-loved actor’s death was “a loss to the world of cinema”:
Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theater. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April ,
Khan, widely considered one of India’s finest actors and praised for his reassuring and engaging screen presence, received numerous prizes across a (year career, including the National Film Award and multiple Filmfare Awards.
He was well known in his homeland for successful movies including Paan Singh Tomar , Haider , Gunday and box office smash Hindi Medium .
But he also achieved notable success in the international and U.S. market. The Warrior was BAFTA-nominated in and Cannes hit The Lunchbox was widely considered one of the best films of 2013. English-language movies included multi-Oscar winners Life Of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire , The Darjeeling Limited , The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World and Inferno . Khan’s last film was Bollywood pic Angrezi Medium , which hit screens days before the lockdown was announced.
Local media report that Khan’s mother had passed away on Saturday with the actor following the funeral via video link. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Some more reaction below:
Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us. pic.twitter.com/BwobeLvNLn
– Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) April , )
Very sad to hear about our dear colleague Irrfan. How tragic and sad. Such a wonderful talent. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Thank you Irrfan for all the joy you have brought to our lives through your work.
You will be fondly remembered.
– Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) April ,
Heartfelt condolences on the untimely demise of a self made, brilliant, versatile actor par excellence our own # IrrfanKhan . He was certainly one of the best in our film industry. A thorough gentleman & fine human being @ irrfank . A man of few words, but a volcano of talent.
– Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) April ,
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