An actor well known for his Bollywood and Hollywood movies such as Slumdog Millionaire, The Life of Pi, Jurassic World, Irrfan Khan has passed away aged 53, following a battle with a colon infection. His family confirmed they have laid the Bollywood legend to rest
A statement shared with Times of India read: ‘Irrfan was buried at the Versova Kabrastan in Mumbai soon after the news of his passing away was announced on Wednesday 29 April.
‘In presence were his family, close relatives and friends. Everyone paid their final respects and mourned the loss of his passing away. ‘We pray for his peace and we hope he’s in a better place today.
‘He was strong in his fight, and we all have to be strong too in this loss.’ Irrfan was rushed to hospital for treatment on Tuesday, 28 April, and placed in intensive care. However, he tragically died on Wednesday, 29 April. Confirming the sad news, his representatives said in a statement: ‘“I trust, I have surrendered”, these were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt 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.’ They continued: ’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.”’
Stars have paid tribute for the actor.
Priyanka Chopra tweeted: ‘The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.
‘You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family.’
While Akshay Kumar shared: ’Such terrible news…saddened to hear about the demise of #IrrfanKhan, one of the finest actors of our time. ‘May God give strength to his family in this difficult time.’
Shah Rukh Khan added: ‘My friend…inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. ‘Allah bless your soul Irrfan bhai…will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.’
Colin Trevorrow, who directed Khan in “Jurassic World,” remembered him as “a thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember ‘the wonderful aspects of our existence’ in the darkest of days,” he tweeted above a photo of Khan laughing.