Passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, Dilip Kumar, was popularly known as the Tragedy King of Bollywood. Many fans show love and co-actors reflect grief.
The hearts of many fans and Bollywood broke when the news about legendary actor Dilip Kumar, popularly known as the Tragedy King of Bollywood, passing away came forward. The actor was 98 and was sharing his life with veteran actor Saira Banu, his wife. His funeral took place in Mumbai, and his mortal remains were taken to his Bandra residence. The actor will be accorded a state funeral, as announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Doctors said Dilip Kumar was suffering from advanced prostate cancer spread to the organs of his body. “He had water in pleural cavity, and he suffered kidney failure. He required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried out the last transfusion but it did not help,” a hospital doctor said. He suffered a drop in blood pressure and haemoglobin towards the end. “The cancer spread made it difficult to treat him,” said the doctor.
The actor’s official Twitter account confirmed his obituary, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.” Another update said the last rites of the late actor will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday. “Burial today at 5:00 PM. Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai.”
Various celebrated personalities from the world of politics, entertainment and sports mourned his loss. President Ram Nath Kovind wrote: “Dilip Kumar summarized in himself a history of emerging India. The thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent. With his demise, an era ends. Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Condolences to family and countless fans.”
It was a day of sadness and grief for even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who tweeted: “Dilip Kumar ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”
Calling it the end of an era, Actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Instagram, “My idol Dilip Saheb lost .. never before never after “an epic era has drawn curtains .. never to happen again “