Bollywood A-lister Irrfan Khan has passed away, reported Hindustan Times. The actor was recently admitted in the ICU after colon infection.

The news of his death was shared on Twitter by filmmaker Shoojit Sircar. “My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute,” he wrote.

The Hindi Medium star was reportedly admitted in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, reported India Today.

Khan’s health suddenly deteriorated as a result of which he needed immediate medical attention. The 53-year-old actor has been admitted to the hospital’s ICU. His wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons were said to be with him.

Earlier, an official statement on Khan’s health was issued by his team. “Yes, it is true that Irrfan khan is admitted to ICU at Kokilaben in Mumbai because of a colon infection,” the statement read. “We would keep everyone updated. He is under doctor’s observation. His strength and courage have helped him battle and fight so far and we are sure with his tremendous willpower and prayers of all his well-wishers, he will recover soon.”

Soon after reports of Khan’s hospitalisation became public on Tuesday, rumours started doing the rounds in a section of the media claiming that the actor had passed away.

Another statement had to be issued on behalf of the actor at around in the early hours of Wednesday to quash all such news.

“It’s really disappointing to know that there are extreme assumptions being made about Irrfan’s health. While we are truly appreciative that people are concerned, it’s disheartening to see some sources spread extreme rumours and creating panic, ” the statement read, issued on behalf of Irrfan by his spokesperson.

“Irrfan is a strong person and is still fighting the battle. We really request you to not fall for rumours and not partake in these conversations which are fictional. We have always actively clarified and shared updates on his health and we will continue doing so,” said the statement.

The actor has been ailing ever since he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour a while back and has been under medical attention for the same.

The Blackmail actor is currently mourning the loss of his mother. The actor’s mother Saeeda Begum breathed her last on Saturday in Jaipur where she used to stay. However, owing to the ongoing lockdown, the actor could not physically attend his mother’s last rites and reportedly paid his last respect through video conferencing.

On the work front, Irrfan Khan was last seen in Angrezi Medium, last-released Bollywood film before COVID-19 forced a complete shutdown of cinema halls. The film ran in theatres for just a day before halls all over India were shut down.

Sources: Indian Media

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