‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Star Irrfan Khan Passes Away at 53
Irrfan Khan, one of India’s top actors, died at 53 from colon cancer at a Mumbai hospital.
The news was confirmed to Deadline by his representatives.
What was originally diagnosed as a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018, Khan was admitted to the hospital for a colon infection.
According to Aljazeera, his family released a statement to the public describing his final hours as “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about.”
The veteran actor had an encompassing 30-year career in numerous highly successful films in India, and Oscar-winning films in the U.S. and international scene, as well as accruing accolades such as the National Film Award, and many Filmfare Awards.
In India, some of his most notable films include, “The Lunchbox,” “Paan Singh Tomar,” “Haider,” “Gunday” and “Hindi Medium.”
In the international and U.S. sector, he starred in award-winning films such “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Inferno,” “Jurassic World,” “The Warrior,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Darjeeling Limited” and “Life of Pi.”
Khan’s last known film was “Angrezi Medium,” a Bollywood comedy released on March 13.
News of his passing is trending on Twitter with celebrities and fellow actors saddened by the news and mourning India’s loss.
T 3516 – .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. 🙏
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas 🙏
Very sad to hear about our dear colleague Irrfan. How tragic and sad. Such a wonderful talent. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Thank you Irrfan for all the joy you have brought to our lives through your work.
You will be fondly remembered.
Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us. pic.twitter.com/BwobeLvNLn
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences:
Irrfan Khan’s demise 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.
Nimrat Kaur who alongside Khan in “The Lunchbox” in 2013 wrote:
Words fail to describe my sense of shock and horror to learn about Irrfan Khan’s passing away. My prayers and deepest condolences are with the family at this grave hour. India’s lost one of her biggest icons today. Our world left for the poorer… #IrrfanKhan#Forever
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