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Veteran Indian actor, Irrfan Khan is dead

Veteran Bollywood actor, Irrfan Khan has kicked the bucket.

According to reports, the Indian actor died at the age of 53 during the early hours of Tuesday, April 28. He gave up the ghost at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Khan, known internationally for roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic Park. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital with a colon infection.

Back in 2018, the Indian actor announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumour.

The news of his death was shared on Twitter by filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

Making the announcement, Shoojit Sircar wrote:

“My dear friend Irfaan.

You fought and fought and fought.

I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight.

Peace and Om shanti.

Irfaan Khan salute.”

The actor had spent several months last year in the United Kingdom undergoing cancer treatment.

His mother, Saeeda Begum, died four days ago on April 25.

He is survived by his wife, TV producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.

Khan brought a modern sensibility to recent hit movies and featured in several Hollywood films such as Life of Pi and The Namesake.

He was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in western cinema, following earlier crossover pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

He was last seen in Bollywood comedy Angrezi Medium, which was released in March.

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