Bollywood Star Irrfan Khan Dead at 53

Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor who appeared in both Hollywood and Bollywood films, passed away on Wednesday at 53.

"It's saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away," said a statement from his PR agency, Hardly Anonymous Communications. "Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him."

The agency also confirmed that the screen star — who in 2018 announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor — had been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai last week for a colon infection.

His representatives also noted that Khan’s mother died last week, but that he was unable to attend her last rites due to the coronavirus lockdown in India.

After studying acting at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984, Khan won Best Performance in a Negative Role (meaning best villain) at the 2004 Filmfare Awards for his work in 2003’s “Haasil.”

Khan gained international recognition when he played a police inspector in "Slumdog Millionaire," which won Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards.

"I never knew it was going to be popular worldwide in such a big way, with the Oscars and all that," he told CNN in 2015.

He also starred in 2012’s “Life of Pi,” 2015’s “Jurassic World,” and 2016’s “Inferno.”

After news of Khan’s death broke, several notable Indian figures paid their respects on social media.

"Irrfan Khan's demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter. "He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers."

Fellow crossover star Priyanka Chopra shared a picture of the two, tweeting how Khan “inspired so many of us.”

Khan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and their two sons.

May he rest in peace.


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