Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the demise of Dilip Kumar and outlined that the actor will be remembered as a ‘cinematic legend’.
Taking to his Twitter, PM Modi condoled the death of Dilip Kumar and stated that the actor 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,” he tweeted.
The 98-year-old veteran actor passed away in Mumbai, today early morning, after suffering days of prolonged illness. Last Wednesday, Kumar was admitted to the Hinduja hospital, Mumbai after he complained of breathlessness.
This was the second time he had been hospitalised in the same month. The legendary actor suffered from advanced prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment for the last 3-4 months.
For several months, he was bedridden and had become ‘unresponsive’. Talking to the media, his doctor cited that Dilip had water in the pleural cavity, and also suffered a kidney failure. “He frequently required blood transfusion, and the last transfusion did not help,” the doctor added.
The news of Dilip’s demise was also confirmed on his official Twitter account. He is survived by his wife and actor Saira Banu. Some of his best-known films are Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, and Kranti.