Just days after the demise of celebrated Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, another popular Bollywood actor, Rishi Kapoor, has been reported dead.
The award winning actor died in an Indian hospital in the early hours of today, April 30, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 67.
Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and returned to India last September following treatment in New York. He was recently admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for further treatment.
His family has released a statement:
"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," a statement from his family read.
Kapoor featured in his first movie as a child actor in 1970 in the movie 'Mera Naam Joker'. He had his first lead role in the 1973 romantic film 'Bobby' which won him the Filmfare Award, for Best Actor. Over the course of his career, Kapoor appeared in over 100 movies.