If 2020 wasn’t tough enough already (we’re looking at you, coronavirus), this year is serving us one blow after another. And this time it’s the news of actor Rishi Kapoor’s demise that has taken us aback. He was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai yesterday where he took his last breath. His wife, Neetu Kapoor, and brother, Randhir Kapoor were there with him.
His brother Randhir confirmed the news to the media. Amitabh Bachchan also confirmed this news with a tweet earlier today.
T 3517 – He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away ..
I am destroyed !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 30, 2020
Rishi Kapoor hospitalisation was confirmed yesterday by his elder brother, Randhir. He said, “It’s true that he has been admitted to the hospital. He is in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was not keeping well and had some problem, so we admitted him early this morning,”
On Wednesday evening Randhir shared another update where he explained that it was an emergency and said, “That’s why he has gone to the hospital. But I know that he will be alright. Neetu is by his side.”
Rishi Kapoor’s family in a statement said, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food, and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.”
Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and he underwent a marrow treatment in the US for over 11 months. He returned to the country after a full recovery in September 2019.
The actor was hospitalized twice in the month of February. First in Delhi for an infection and then again in Mumbai for viral fever.
An actor who surpassed his generation, he recently announced that he would start shooting for his next film-a remake of the Hollywood movie The Intern, with Deepika Padukone.