Irrfan Khan, the Bollywood leading man who found global fame in Oscar-winning films like Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, died Wednesday in a Mumbai hospital. He was 53.
Khan’s spokesperson confirmed the death to the New York Times. The actor had been battling a neuroendocrine tumor since 2018, and was admitted to the hospital last week, diagnosed with a colon infection. In a statement to the Times of India,Khan’s family said he was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death.
“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” the statement read, in part. “We all pray and hope that he is at peace.”
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi mourned Khan’s death, writing in a statement that it is “a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.”
Khan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and their two sons.
SOURCE: VANITY FAIR.