Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Indian actor Rishi Kapoor dies at 67 after leukaemia battle

Bollywood

Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, who starred in celebrated movies such as "Bobby" and "Mera Naam Joker" made by the Bollywood film industry, died on Thursday after a two-year battle with leukaemia, his family said.

The 67-year-old actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on Wednesday morning after he complained that he was not feeling well, according to reports.

Kapoor, the scion of a famed industry family, is survived by his wife and two children, and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

"He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents," the family said in a statement.

Kapoor's death followed that on Wednesday of another Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, 54, who had roles in films such as "Life of Pi" and "Jurassic Park", and had also suffered from cancer. 

Tributes have started pouring in for Kapoor from actors, members of the film industry, prominent personalities and politicians.