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.
It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare...just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2020
Am devastated, heartbroken... King of charm, King of Romance, the legendary actor Rishi ji just said ‘pack-up’. Not fair Sir, you said we will do a film together.... just not fair. pic.twitter.com/EJjJnuSThW— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 30, 2020
This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans all over the world, at this time of grief.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 30, 2020
Noo noo rishi ji!!! You were synonymous with life itself!!My legend.. my inspiration.. my most favourite!! You truly lived life ! Will cherish my most precious moments with you.. you were so so kind n warm .apne se.#RishiKapoor .. you in my heart always.bas ya2020. Go away pic.twitter.com/CaAejejF5j— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) April 30, 2020
Devastated to know Rishi Ji is no more. A great friend , A great artiste, heartthrob of millions. Carrier of a Great legacy. Feel so heartbroken at this loss. Farewell my friend #RishiKapoor. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/gBcdrIXvhO— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) April 30, 2020