Slumdog Millionaire & Life of Pi Star Irrfan Khan Dies at Age 53
It is with great sadness that ComingSoon.net (via HuffPost) must report that Bollywood star Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53 in a hospital in the western city of Mumbai, his agency Hardly Anonymous Communications revealed in a statement. The Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi star announced in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “‘I trust, I have surrendered’; These were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.
“After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it.’”
Besides starring in the Academy Award-winning movies Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Life of Pie (2012), Khan was best known internationally for appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016), as well as Bollywood features like Rog (2005), The Lunchbox (2013), Maqbool (2003), and the musical Life In A… Metro (2007). Khan’s breakthrough role came in 2002’s The Warrior, which was selected for the prestigious San Sebastian Film festival and won a BAFTA for Best British Film. Khan’s long list of credits first included mainly supporting and character roles until the actor broke into leading roles in the early 2000s, including winning his first award for the 2003 movie Haasil.
Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan. The Hollywood community remembered Irrfan Khan today on Twitter…