Irrfan Khan, actor extraordinaire and India’s face in the West, dies at 53

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Irrfan Khan, actor extraordinaire and India’s face in the West

Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has died after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumor.The news left his legion of fans shocked and distressed in India and abroad.

Actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53, after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday, where was under observation for colon infection.

India’s most recognizable face in the west and an actor par excellence, Irrfan had left India shocked in 2018 when he had announced that he’d been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor.

“‘I trust, I have surrendered,’” were the words with which his family confirmed his death while adding, “

Man of Few Words – Irrfan Khan

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 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 heavenly 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’.”

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The news of his death was shared on Twitter by filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

“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,” he wrote.

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