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On Wednesday, Dilip Kumar, a legendary Bollywood actor, died (July 7). The actor had been in and out of the hospital for the past few days due to age-related health difficulties. On June 30, he was rushed to the Hinduja Hospital’s urgent care unit (ICU). Saira Banu, Kumar’s wife, had accompanied him all the way. “With a heavy heart and great loss, I announce the passing away of our dear Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God, and to Him we return,” his family friend Faisal Farooqui tweeted under the actor’s handle, sharing the tragic news.
Many Bollywood stars, including filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Vidya Balan, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Shabana Azmi, and others, paid their tribute to Dilip Kumar at his home. According to the actor’s longtime aide Faisal Farooqui, the actor’s final rites would take place at 5 p.m. at the Juhu Muslim Cemetery in Santacruz west.
Saira Banu had already informed followers that Kumar’s health was steady. Banu’s most recent tweet said, “Dilip Kumar Sahab’s health appears to be in good shape. We want to take him home from ICU, but we have to wait for doctors’ approval because they are aware of his medical condition. As soon as doctors approve, we will take him home. Today he will not be released. He will return soon, but he will need the prayers of his admirers.”
Dilip Kumar was admitted to the hospital on June 6 after suffering breathlessness. He had a successful pleural aspiration procedure after being diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion, which is a build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs. After five days, he was released.
The renowned actor, dubbed the “Tragedy King” of Bollywood, has a six-decade career. In his career, he has appeared in over 65 films, including ‘Devdas’ (1955), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1961), ‘Kranti’ (1981), and ‘Karma’ (1986 ). (1986). In 1998, he was last seen in the film ‘Qila.’