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Bollywood Actor Rishi Kapoor Dies at 67

Joe Akins
May 01, 2020
01:00 P.M.
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Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor dies in a Mumbai hospital at 67-years-old due to complications with cancer a few months after returning to India.

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Beloved Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30. The actor was rushed to HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai the morning before the day he passed. Kapoor had been battling cancer since 2018 and had traveled to America for medical care. The official statement released said:

"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia."

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Rishi returned to India in September 2018 after completing his cancer treatment in New York. Sadly, the treatment did not help him conquer his two-year battle with leukemia.

The statement continued, saying that although the grief and condolences of fans and friends all over were warmly appreciated, the current global health crises restricted any form of gathering to celebrate his life and that it was important to follow health guidelines.

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Amitabh Bachchan, a fellow veteran actor in the industry, took to Twitter to confirm the tragic news. The actor expressed how shaken he was at the loss of his dear friend.

The actor's career began in 1970 when he featured in his father, Raj Kapoor's film, "Mera Naam Joker."

Despite his failing health, Rishi did all his best to remain active in the industry to bring entertainment to his fans. At the time of his death, Rishi had been working on a film in Delhi titled "Sharmaji Namkeen."

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Rishi was last seen on the Netflix series "The Body" alongside his friend, Amitabh. Several other celebrities took to social media to pay respects to the late star. India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted:

"Multifaceted, endearing, and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media."

Not so long before his passing, the actor had been revealed to be working with the famous Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone, in a remake of the Hollywood hit movie, "The Intern."

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The actor's career began in 1970 when he featured in his father, Raj Kapoor's film, "Mera Naam Joker." From there, his career took off to several decades of stardom as he made the public happy.

The tragic news of Rishi's death came just a day after the passing of another popularly-loved veteran actor, Irrfan Khan. Khan had died due to severe complications of a colon infection.

Irrfan Khan at the 'Puzzle' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Irrfan Khan at the 'Puzzle' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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In 2018, Irrfan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He was flown to London for extensive treatment and recovered enough to shoot what nobody knew would be his last movie, "Angrezi Medium."

India and the rest of the world have taken time to mourn and celebrate the lives of these two iconic stars, and many hope that their family will have the strength to carry on without them.

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