Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has died in a hospital in the Indian city of Mumbai aged 67. The star was admitted to the hospital with breathing problems.
Rishi’s brother Randhir Kapoor had previously reassured fans following news that the Bobby star had been rushed to hospital on Wednesday morning.
He told Press Trust of India at the time that there was no emergency and he was hopeful that Rishi would be “alright”.
Randhir said: “He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problem, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now.”
Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had been treated in New York for a year before returning home to India in September 2019.
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The star, who became known as Bollywood’s romantic hero, was a member of the Kapoor family which has been a dominant force in the Hindi film industry.
Rishi rose to fame when he starred in 1973 film Bobby, which was his first lead role.
The actor went on to play the romantic lead in many films for over two decades.
He then made a transition into more character focused roles.
The star was a talented dancer and some of his films featured hit songs that remain popular today.
Rishi made his film debut as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor’s film, Mera Naam Joker.
His final role was in Mystery/Thriller movie The Body in 2019.
Rishi was also working in the pre-production of two other Bollywood movies at the time of his death.
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He was married to fellow Bollywood star Neetu Singh.
The couple tied the knot in 1980 and their son Ranbir Kapoor has also become a successful actor.
The actor’s family confirmed his death in a message saying his life had 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.
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“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.”
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, who starred in several films with Rishi, was one of many to pay tribute to the actor, tweeting: “He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed!”(sic)
Rishi is survived by wife Neetu, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.
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