'Remember me with a smile': Rishi Kapoor, 67, loses battle of life to cancer; nation mourns veteran actor
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Veteran actor Risshi Kapoor passed away on Thursday at Mumbai's Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was 67 years old. His brother Randhitr Kapoor confirmed the shocking news, adding that the last rites will be held at south Mumbai's Chandanwadi crematorium.
The actor is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir and daughter Riddhima.
Rishi had been admitted to hospital after suffering breathing problem on Wednesday. Randhir had yesterday said that he was in the hospital and wife and yesteryear actress Neetu was by his side. He had, however, refuted reports of the veteran actor being put on ventilator.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was reportedly the first to confirm the news of Kapoor's death on Twitter. "T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !" he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief on the actor's demise. "Multifaceted, endearing and lively...this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti," he tweeted.
Rishi Kapoor's family released a grievous message, confirming the saddening news. The message said that for Rishi, his family and friends were always the focus.
"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."
Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent marrow treatment in the US for over 11 months. He returned to India in September 2019 after which he had tweeted: "BACK HOME!!!!!! 11 Months 11days! Thank you all!"
In February, Kapoor was hospitalised twice due to his health issues. He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, Kapoor had said that he was suffering from an "infection". After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever. He was discharged soon after.
While undergoing treatment for cancer, he even had to skip the funeral of his mother, Krishna Raj Kapoor in October 2018. The actor, who is a regular presence on Twitter, stayed in touch with his fans throughout his treatment and recovery. However, he has not done so after April 2.
On the work front, Rishi Kapoor was last seen in The Body alongside Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala and Vedhika. He had recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film "The Intern", in which he was going to feature alongside Deepika Padukone.
Rishi Kapoor is best known for his onscreen performance in films like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Bobby’ and ‘Chandni’. The actor also essayed an adorable role in his father’s iconic film ‘Mera Naam Joker’.
The news of Kapoor's demise comes a day after Bollywood suffered another setback with versatile actor Irrfan Khan losing battle of life after battling a rare form of cancer for two years. The actor, who died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, was buried at the Versova graveyard around 3 pm in the presence of his family and friends such as directors Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Bhardwaj.
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