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Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor At The 102 Not Out Success Meet

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away this morning in Mumbai succumbing to Leukemia after a two-year-long struggle. The 67-year-old actor who made his debut as a lead actor with Bobby in 1973 alongside Dimple Kapadia was admitted to the HN Reliance hospital on Wednesday morning after his health had reportedly deteriorated.

In 2018, the actor fondly referred to as ‘Chintu’, was diagnosed with cancer and went to New York for his treatment. In September 2019, he returned to Mumbai after reportedly recovering from the same.

The news broke on Thursday morning with a tweet by his 102 Not Out costar Amitabh Bachchan. The tweet read, “T 3517 – He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !”. Although, Bachchan deleted the tweet after a while.

The actor’s family – Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, also confirmed the same with a note about how the actor always kept the people around him happy even while he was struggling.

“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 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,” read the note.

The Indian film industry and several other personalities, shocked by the news, have been pouring out their emotions through obituary tributes.

 

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Rishi was also seen as a child actor in films such as Mera Naam Joker, his debut for which he received a National award, and Shree 420. The son of legendary actor Raj Kapoor was last seen in Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph‘s 2019 mystery-thriller The Body alongside Emraan Hashmi. In January, the actor was shooting for Hitesh Bhatia’s Sharmaji Namkeen costarring Juhi Chawla.

He was also to feature in the Indian adaptation of the 2015 Hollywood dramedy The Intern alongside Deepika Padukone.

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