Leading Indian actor Irrfan Khan has passed away at the age of 53 after being admitted to a Mumbai hospital this week with a colon infection. The sad news has been confirmed by the actor’s representatives.
The actor is known for his various works including ‘The Life Of Pi’, ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, and ‘Jurassic World’. The star was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018 but continued to act.
A moving statement from Irrfan Khan’s family to Indian media read: “I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, “As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it.”
Following Khan’s death, Hollywood on Wednesday paid tribute to the star whose career spanned everything from arthouse cinema to mainstream Bollywood and Hollywood.
“The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic,” tweeted Priyanka Chopra, who starred with Khan in 2011’s dark comedy 7 Khoon Maaf (Seven Sins Forgiven) from director Vishal Bhardwaj. “You inspired so many of us.”
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, Rogue One) on Twitter shared that Khan was one of his heroes, calling him “one of the greatest actors of our time.”
Colin Trevorrow, who directed the Indian star when he played the owner of Jurassic World in the movie of the same name, in a tweet called him “a thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him.”
The British Film Institute also commented on the news of his death, writing on its Twitter account: “We’re deeply saddened to hear that Bollywood legend Irrfan Khan has passed away.”