National Award-winning actor Irrfan Khan passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai, after battling a medical complication arising from colon infection.
The actor is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan.
News of his death was confirmed by Khan's publicist.
"'I trust, i have surrendered”; these were the 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," the actor's spokesperson stated.
"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'," he added.
The news of the Irrfan Khan's death was confirmed by director Shoojit Sitcar, the actor's close friend. The duo worked together in Piku.
T 3516 - .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. 🙏
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/vjhd5aoFhc— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 29, 2020
My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute.— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) April 29, 2020
Happy times, happier memories!— Mithila Palkar (@mipalkar) April 29, 2020
Rest in peace, Sir. They don't make gems like you anymore. pic.twitter.com/uPUOzzZvs2
He etched every character in our memories with sheer talent. From the passion of Pan Singh Tomar to a floundering father in Angrezi Medium #IrrfanKhan was an actor to behold. How do you mourn his passing away for he breathes in the characters he left behind .. Om Shanti— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 29, 2020
Such terrible news...saddened to hear about the demise of #IrrfanKhan, one of the finest actors of our time. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 29, 2020
Oh Lord! This tragic news is heartbreaking on so many levels.— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) April 29, 2020
I’m choked with emotions & saddened beyond words.
My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Irrfan, thank you for showing the world your genius..Gone too soon!
🤲 إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون#IrrfanKhan pic.twitter.com/M4NHPVobaM