- Rishi Kapoor died on Wednesday, 30 April at a hospital in India where he had been rushed to after complaining of breathing difficulties
- News about his death shook many people, including Bollywood actors and politicians who took to social media to mourn him
- It is understood that Kapoor had been diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018
Popular Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has gone to meet his maker.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the revered actor, known for his many roles as a romance hero in various movies. died on Wednesday morning after losing the battle with cancer.
News about his unexpected death was confirmed by his family who said the actor died at the hospital where he had been rushed to.
According to the actor's brother, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi was rushed to hospital on Wednesday morning after complaining of breathing difficulties.
The family announced the death through a sad social media post, saying his life ended peacefully.
"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," the family announced through social media.
Kapoor's family urged his fans and followers to adhere to restrictions on gathering in public places because of the lockdown over coronavirus and respect the laws that are in force even as they mourn the actor.
It has been understood that Kapoor was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018.
He travelled to the US for treatment and only returned to India in September 2019 after year-long treatment in New York.
News about his death shook many people including Bollywood actors and politicians who took to social media to mourn him.
Before his death, Kapoor was part of the larger Kapoor acting dynasty which has for the longest time dominated Bollywood.
Rishi Kapoor debuted as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor's film, Mera Naam Joker.
Kapoor first made a name for himself in 1973 when he landed his first lead role in Bobby - a teenage love story.
The actor played the romantic lead in dozens of films for over two decades.
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