‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ ‘Jurassic World’ actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” a statement released by the actor’s team said.

Khan died Wednesday after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital with a colon infection.

The Bollywood actor was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer in 2018 underwent months of treatment in the United Kingdom.
The Life of Pi actor took to Twitter to talk about his illness at the time.

“The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me, and that I found within me, have brought me to a place of hope,” he wrote on Twitter.

“The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research ;-) To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”

Khan made his first screen appearance in the Academy Award-nominated 1988 drama Salaam Bombay!, a tale of Mumbai’s street children. Then he worked with directors Mira Nair, Wes Anderson and Ang Lee.

Khan won a number of film awards in India, including a 2012 Indian National Film Award for best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar, a compelling tale of a seven-time national champion athlete who quit India’s armed forces to rule the Chambal ravines in central India.

Khan received an Independent Spirit Award for supporting actor in 2006 for the Indian-American drama The Namesake and a Viewers’ Choice Award at the Cannes festival 2013 for his role in the Indian romantic drama The Lunchbox.

Khan also starred in the Hamlet-inspired Haider, a Bollywood film set in militarized Himalayan Kashmir.

Several people took to Twitter to pay tribute to the star after news of his passing spread.

RIP Irrfan Khan ...

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