New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the sad demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, calling him a 'powerhouse of talent'.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister also said that he is "anguished" by the death of the veteran Bollywood actor, who was also known as 'Chintoo'.

"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 Kapoor was admitted at the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday night after suffering breathing problem. He passed away at the age of 67 on Thursday morning.  

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"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," said his family in a statement.

"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," they added.

Rishi's death comes a day after his "D-Day" co-star Irrfan Khan passed away, also because of cancer. Three months ago, the disease claimed the life of his sister Ritu Nanda.

The veteran Bollywood actor, who was also known as 'Chintoo', was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent marrow treatment in the US for over 11 months. He returned to India in September 2019. However, he was hospitalised twice in the month of February due to his health issues.

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