Star of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53.
He had been admitted to hospital in Mumbai with a kidney infection yesterday, but his condition is said to have deteriorated.
A statement from his representatives read: “It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.
“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 a heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own.
“We all pray and hope that he is at peace.”
Khan had been treated for cancer in 2019 in London, after being diagnosed with an neuroendocrine tumour.
His death comes just days after his mother, Saeeda Begum, died at the age of 95. He attended her funeral on Saturday via a video link.
Khan, often known in India simply by his first name Irrfan, first began acting in television, after moving to Mumbai from New Delhi, where he studied at the National School of Drama.
Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor.
Deeply disturbed to hear about the passing of #IrrfanKhan . Such a brilliant actor, gone at the age of 53. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May God give them strength to bear this loss. RIP Irrfan 🙏🌺 pic.twitter.com/XXsLswTjMm
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) April 29, 2020
Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing. pic.twitter.com/8eAsSOO9Ie
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 29, 2020
Had many, many conversations with him while in Cannes a few years back. A beautiful soul. Never got to work together but he would so wilfully pass on his wisdom. Beautiful man. pic.twitter.com/tv9nTCwzir
— Ryan (@itsRyanUnicomb) April 29, 2020