Bollywood Rishi Kapoor Dies at 67
Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has died in hospital after a two-year battle with leukemia, his family representative confirmed in a statement. He was 67.
Kapoor, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and returned to India last September following treatment in New York, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Indian time, according to the statement. Kapoor had recently been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, a spokesperson for Reliance Industries LTD., which is affiliated with the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai confirmed.
"The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last," the statement said. "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.
"He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears," the statement said.
The statement also urged his fans and well-wishers to respect India's current lockdown restrictions, noting: "He would not have it any other way."
Hailing from the prominent Kapoor family, which has dominated Bollywood for generations, Kapoor made his debut as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor's film "Mera Naam Joker" ("My Name is Joker").
His first lead role -- in the 1973 romantic film "Bobby" -- won him the Filmfare Award, India's equivalent of the Oscars, for Best Actor.
Over the course of his career, Kapoor acted in more than 100 films, playing both the romantic lead and character roles.
Kapoor is survived by his actress wife Neetu Singh and two children, including actor Ranbir Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor is also the uncle of actresses Karisma Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan