Legendary Bollywood ‘ tragedy king’ actor, Dilip Kumar who was one of the earliest and famous Indian actors has died at the age of 98 in Mumbai. On Monday, his wife Saira Banu said his health was improving and asked his fans to pray for his early discharge. But on Wednesday morning, relative Faisal Farooqui posted on the actor’s Twitter account: “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago.” “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip saab,” Faisal Farooqui, a family friend, posted on Kumar’s official Twitter. The actor who had been ill for few months was in intensive care at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai for treatment of a long-term illness after spending the last few years dealing with a kidney problem and pneumonia. The deceased on 30th June complained of breathlessness. Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu, a popular leading lady in Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. After reports of his death, politicians and actors have begun mourning the late actor. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that for his generation Kumar was the “greatest and most versatile actor”. “I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital when the project was launched,” he said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also mourned the actor said that Kumar will be remembered as a “cinematic legend”.
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