New Delhi | Jagran Entertaiment Desk: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer two years back, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection, his spokesperson confirmed.

“Yes, it is true that Irrfan Khan is admitted to ICU at Kokilaben in Mumbai because of a colon infection. We would keep everyone updated. He is under doctor's observation,” his spokesperson said in a statement as rumours about the actor's ill health started doing the rounds.

“His strength and courage have helped him battle and fight so far and we are sure with his tremendous willpower and prayers of his well wishers, he will recover soon,” the statement added.

By Tuesday evening, rumours started doing the rounds in a section of the media claiming that the actor had passed away. An official statement had to be issued on behalf of the actor at around 1 am on Wednesday to quash all such extreme rumours.

"It's really disappointing to know that there are extreme assumptions being made about Irrfan's health. While we are truly appreciative that people are concerned, it's disheartening to see some sources spread extreme rumours and creating panic. Irrfan is a strong person and is still fighting the battle. We really request you to not fall for rumours and not partake in these conversations which are fictional. We have always actively clarified and shared updates on his health and we will continue doing so," said the statement, issued on behalf of Irrfan by his spokesperson.

Irrfan was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer that targets various parts of the body, in 2018 and went abroad for treatment soon after.

After his return in 2019, the actor shot for "Angrezi Medium", the sequel to his 2017 hit "Hindi Medium".

After his return in 2019, he shot for "Angrezi Medium", the sequel to his 2017 hit "English Medium". However, his health condition prevented him from promoting the movie, which hit the theatres in March just before the lockdown that began on March 25.

The 53-year-old lost his 95-year-old mother Saeeda Begum in Jaipur just three days ago. The “Piku” actor could not attend his mother's funeral because of the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Irrfan, who has straddled the world of both Hindi and world cinema with equal elan, has given memorable performances in films such as "Haasil", "Maqbool", "Paan Singh Tomar", "The Namesake", "Life of Pi" and "The Lunchbox". 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta