New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at Mumbai's Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital on Thursday. His brother Randhir Kapoor had yesterday confirmed the news of him being hospitalised, adding that his wife "Neetu was by his side". 

The actor had been battling cancer for two years and had spent almost a year in New York for treeatment before returning to India in September last year.

Rishi Kapoor's family today released a grievous message, confirming the saddening news. The message said that for Rishi, his family and friends were always the focus. 

The message also requested his friends and fans to obey the restrictions under the nationwide lockdown as public gatherings have been banned across the country. 

Here is the complete message released by his family: 

Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am 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. 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 recognise 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. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta