Rishi Kapoor lost his battle to cancer as he took his last breath today at the age of 67. The veteran actor was admitted to the hospital yesterday. His brother and actor Randhir Kapoor informed him that he is not well and his wife Neetu Kapoor and Son Ranbir Kapoor are with him.
Kapoor family released the statement that read: “A message from Rishi Kapoor’s family
Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am 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.
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.”
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan took his Twitter to express the sorrow and grief about his co-star. As the news broke the whole nation went into deep sadness.
Rishi was shooting for ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ in Delhi where he fell ill. He was shifted to a hospital in Mumbai.
Rishi Kapoor was known for some of his path-breaking films like Bobby, Chandani, Amar Akbar Anthony the veteran actor was last seen in The Body with Emraan Hashmi.
Rishi’s demise is a great loss to the entertainment industry, we pay our tribute to our very own Chintu.