Rishi Kapoor loses battle of life to cancer, laid to rest at Mumbai's Chandanwadi; nation mourns evergreen star
Mumbai | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who was commonly known as Bollywood's 'Chintoo', passed away at the age of 67 years on Thursday morning after a two-year battle with leukaemia. He was laid to rest at Mumbai's Chandanwadi crematorium.
The actor is survived by his wife Neetu, actor son Ranbir and daughter Ridhima.
The news of his death was broken by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan who said that he was "destroyed" after hearing about Rishi's demise. "T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed!," Amitabh Bachchan said on twitter.
Rishi's death comes just a day after his "D-Day" co-star Irrfan Khan passed away, also of cancer. Three months ago, the disease claimed his sister Ritu Nanda.
Rishi Kapoor was admitted at Mumbai's Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on Wednesday after he suffered a breathing problem. His brother Randhir, however, had refuted reports of the veteran actor being put on ventilator, saying that his wife Neetu was by his side.
In a statement, Rishi's family confirmed the news of his demise, saying that for Rishi, his family and friends were always the focus and urged fans to respect the restrictions in place in view of the lockdown.
"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."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the sad demise Rishi Kapoor, calling him a 'powerhouse of talent' and said that he is "anguished" by the death of the veteran Bollywood actor.
"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," PM Modi tweeted.
Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. He underwent marrow treatment in the US for over 11 months and returned to India in September 2019. "BACK HOME!!!!!! 11 Months 11days! Thank you all!," he had tweeted after returning to India.
However, he was admitted to hospital twice in February. He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, he said 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.
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.
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