Dilip Kumar, the veteran Hindi actor who was hospitalised for breathlessness on June 6, is stable and will be discharged in a couple of days, his wife Saira Banu informed via Twitter.
Sharing the health update on Twitter, Banu urged fans not to believe in WhatsApp forwards claiming that the actor had died.
“Don’t believe in WhatsApp forwards. Saab is stable. Thank you for your heart-felt duas and prayers. As per doctors, he should be home in 2-3 days,” she wrote.
On June 6, Banu wrote that that the actor was suffering from breathlessness and was admitted for a routine check-up. “Dilip Sahab has been admitted to non-Covid PD Hinduja Hospital Khar for routine tests and investigations. He’s had episodes of breathlessness. A team of healthcare workers led by Dr Nitin Gokhale is attending to him,” she wrote.
Soon, several WhatsApp forwards claimed that the 98-year-old actor had died after an image of him was circulated with ‘Rest in Peace’ written on it.
According to The Indian Express, Jalil Parkar, the doctor who has been monitoring Kumar’s health, said that the actor was diagnosed with pleural effusion and was on oxygen support.
Kumar has been unwell for the past few years. Last month, he was admitted to a hospital for routine check-ups. Recently, he lost two of his brothers, Aslam Khan and Ahsan Khan, to Covid-19.
Several celebrities took to social media to wish Kumar a speedy recovery.
Praying 🙏 for Dilip Saab’s speedy recovery!!!
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) June 6, 2021
Wishing a speedy recovery to our great legend 🙏
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) June 6, 2021
Visited legendary actor Shri Dilip Kumarji at Khar Hinduja Hospital today to check on his health and treatment, with the veteren actress Smt Saira Banu.
I wish Shri Dilip Kumarji a speedy recovery and good health!
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) June 6, 2021
In his three-decade-long career, Kumar has acted in over 65 films. He is known for his iconic roles in films like Devdas, Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Kranti and Karma. He was last seen in Qila in 1998. Since then, his advanced age and deteriorating health have prevented him from taking on more roles.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.