Veteran Actor Rishi Kapoor’s Death Leaves India Heartbroken. Yet Another Legend Gone

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Veteran Actor Rishi Kapoor’s Death Leaves India Heartbroken. Yet Another Legend Gone

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away this morning at Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital. The actor was on ICU support for a week, before breathing his last on April 30.

Rishi Kapoor, who has been suffering from cancer, was facing breathing difficulties and was hence admitted to the hospital, his brother Randhir Kapoor told PTI. The actor was undergoing treatment in the US for almost a year and returned to India only in September.

The news of Kapoor’s death comes as a big jolt to Bollywood which has been mourning the death of actor Irrfan Khan, who died on Wednesday.

Rishi Kapoor was legendary director-actor Raj Kapoor’s third child, after Randhir and Ritu Nanda. He is survived by his wife Neetu and son Ranbir and daughter Riddhima.

Tributes started pouring in on Twitter as the news broke. The first came from Amitabh Bachchan, who has been Kapoor’s long-time co-star having acted in several hit films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, and Kabhi Kabhie. After almost three decades, the two were seen together in the 2018 film 102 Not Out. “I’m destroyed,” said Big B.

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Superstar Rajinikant was left heartbroken.

Akshay Kumar tweeted, “It looks like we are in the middle of a nightmare.”

With a heavy heart, Priyanka Chopra posted a picture of hers along with Rishi Kapoor and his wife Neetu.

“Our adored Chintu no more,” wrote veteran writer and columnist Shobhaa De.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor grieved the demise of his “senior schoolmate at Mumbai’s Campion School”.

Music composer Amit Tridevi mourned the passing of yet another legend.

His laughter will be most missed, said Taapsee Pannu who acted with him in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk.

“What will we be in 2020? People going from tragedy to tragedy,” wrote actress Richa Chadda.

Politicians and sportspersons, many of whom have grown up watching Kapoor’s films, also wrote testimonies on Twitter.

Congress’s Rahul Gandhi couldn’t have been more correct. This is indeed a terrible week.

Delhi CM Kejriwal offered condolences to his family.

For cricketer Anil Kumble Kapoor was a childhood hero.

Kapoor’s last tweet was an appeal to stop attacking doctors.

Truly another legend is gone.

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