BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: A day after country lost one of its best actors, Irrfan Khan to cancer, Bollywood’s veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at 67 on Thursday at 8.45 am in Mumbai after a two-year-long battle with the disease.
Rishi was admitted to HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday morning after he complained of breathing issues. His wife, Neetu Singh, was by his bed side.
It was megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his 102 Not Out co-actor, who broke the news on Twitter. He wrote, “Rishi Kapoor… gone… passed away. I am destroyed !”
T 3517 – He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away ..
I am destroyed !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 30, 2020
Heartbroken … Rest In Peace … my dearest friend #RishiKapoor
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 30, 2020
He is survived by his wife, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Ridhima.
Rishi made his debut in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing a childhood role of his father. He received the National Award for his debut role.
In 2018, Rishi was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, following which the actor along with Neetu was in New York for more than a year to undergo treatment. He returned to India in September 2019 after recovering.
The Bobby actor was hospitalised twice in February when he was in Delhi to attend a family function.
The veteran actor was supposed to be seen in the Hindi adaptation of Hollywood film The Intern with Deepika Padukone.