Actor Irrfan Khan passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Irrfan was admitted to the ICU on April 28 following a colon infection. However, the actor’s health deteriorated, and he breathed his last on April 29.
The actor’s health had been on the decline ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2018.
Irrfan made his screen debut in the 1988 Mira Nair directorial Salaam Bombay. Considered by many as India’s biggest export to Hollywood, he has worked in films such as Jurassic World and Life of Pi.
Irrfan is survived by wife Sutapa Sikdar and his two children, Babil and Ayan.
Irfans spokesperson said in a statement: “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.”