VVS Laxman came forward to pay tribute to veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 67. Kapoor was admitted to the HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai. He was battling with leukaemia and he was in the United States for treatment for over a year.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, the former Test specialist batsman mentioned that he was extremely sad to hear about the demise of the 'Bobby' star. Laxman then went on to express his condolences to the late actor's family and loved ones.
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also came forward to pay his last respects to the iconic actor. Ashwin wrote that he was deeply saddened by the demise of Rishi Kapoor just when everyone was coming to terms with the passing away of the National Award-winning actor Irrfan Khan.
The news of the Bollywood star's demise was announced by his elder brother Randhir Kapoor on Thursday morning. An official statement, which confirmed the Rishi Kapoor death news on Thursday, read,
Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last.
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.
In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.
He would not have it any other way.