New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: The perennial actor Rishi Kapoor, who kept diffusing his fragrance in the film industry through his versatile acting, passed away on Thursday morning after losing his battle to leukemia. He was hospitalised in Mumbai's Sir SN Reliance Foundation hospital after suffering from breathing problems.

The world got to know about Rishi Kapoor unfortunate demise through the tweet made by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan. "T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !" he tweeted.

Apart from being a terrific actor Rishi Kapoor was a doting father. He had two kids, Ranbir and Ridhima Kapoor. While Ranbir is in Mumbai, his daughter Ridhima is present in Delhi.

Ridhima Kapoor Sahani will travel to Mumbai by road for the last rites of her father. As the country is stuck in the lockdown due to coronavirus, Ridhima had to take permission from the South-East Delhi DCP to take the road for reaching Mumbai.

The permission was granted at 10.30 am in the morning. As no resources to access flights or trains, Ridhima will travel 1400 Kilometers to attend the funeral.

The cremation will be done at the Chandanwadi Crematorium in Marine lines, said his elder brother Randhir Kapoor. The Kapoor family also released an official statement sharing their grief with the world, saying that for Rishi, his family and friends were always the focus.

"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff said he kept them entertained to the last," the official statement read.

 

"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," it read.

"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 recognize 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," the statement added.

Rishi Kapoor was suffering from blood cancer for the past two years. Being the second descendant of film family the 'Kapoors,' his contribution to the cinema is something extra-ordinary.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma