New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan on Wednesday passed away at Mumbai's Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He was 53 years old. Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons. 

An official statement released by the family said that Khan spent his last hours "surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about."

"I trust, I have surrendered"; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 2018 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."

The actor, who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour - a rare form of cancer, was admitted to the hosptial's intensive care unit on Tuesday with a colon infection.  

Late on Tuesday night, Khan's spokesperson had refuted reports of the actor's death, saying that he was still fighting from the disease. 

"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.

"Gone too soon", "an irreparable loss to Indian cinema", a "one of a kind" artiste and someone who will be "missed dearly" is how a shocked film fraternity reacted to actor Khan's death. 

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Irrfan on Shoojit Sircar's 2015 film "Piku", said the news of the actor's death was "most disturbing and sad". "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," he posted.

Expressing grief on the death of the versatile actor, Sircar tweeted: "My dear friend Irfaan. 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. Irfaan Khan salute."

Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also expressed grief on the untimely demise of the actor. "Irfan Khan was a versatile actor. Sorry to hear about his demise. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti," he tweeted. 

Hollywood director Ava DuVernay said she was a "grateful fan of" Irrfan Khan.
"Gone too soon. When he is on screen, you can't take your eyes off of him. He lives on in his films," she tweeted.

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".

He had been recently the death of his mother who passed away three days ago. The actor could not attend the funeral due to the ongoing lockdown in the country in wake of the coornavirus pandemic. 

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