The actor and Bollywood icon Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53.
Khan had been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday (28 April) after suffering a kidney infection. Following a period of deteriorating health, he died Wednesday (29 April).
Khan, was previously diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018 and underwent extensive treatment in London. He recovered well enough to shoot what would turn out to be his last film “Angrezi Medium,” the release of which was abruptly cut short due to the spread coronavirus pandemic in March.
He is survived by his wife Sutapa and sons Babil and Ayan.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “‘I trust, I have surrendered’; These were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt 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.
“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.’”
Khan’s mother, Saeeda Begum, died on Saturday (25 April) at the age of 95, with Khan attending her funeral via video link.
Irrfan made his film debut in Mira Nair’s 1988 film Salaam Bombay, and became one of Bollywood’s most famous stars courtesy of Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior in 2001.
He earned significant international acclaim after crossing over into Western projects, including Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Life of Pi (2012) and Jurassic World (2015).
The top four trends on Twitter in India are all relating to his death, with many paying tribute to his talent.
Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.