Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor died on Thursday morning, a day after he was admitted to Mumbai’s HN Reliance hospital by his family.
"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last," the Kapoor family said in a message.
"He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.He would not have it any other way," it added.
Earlier, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan had shared a post on Twitter about his co-star, confirming his death.
T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away ..I am destroyed !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 30, 2020
Rishi Kapoor had returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year. In February, Kapoor was hospitalised twice due to his health issues.
He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, Kapoor had said that he was suffering from an "infection".
After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever. He was discharged soon after.
Rishi Kapoor's death comes a day after Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan died in Mumbai after a brief hospitalization. He was 53 and is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two children.