MUMBAI, April 30 - Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who personified the Bollywood romantic hero for three decades before becoming a sought after character artiste, died here on Thursday after a two-year battle with leukaemia. He was 67.
Rishi, the third generation of the Kapoor dynasty that defined stardom, is survived by his wife Neetu, actor son Ranbir and daughter Ridhima.
�He is no more. He has passed away,� his elder brother Randhir told PTI.
The actor, familiar to generations of film goers for his many roles, right from Bobby to Kapoor & Sons, was taken to the HN Reliance hospital on Wednesday.
The end came at 8.45 am, the family said in a statement, requesting fans and friends to respect the restrictions in place in view of the lockdown.
His death comes a day after after his D-Day co-star Irrfan Khan passed away, also of cancer. Three months ago, the disease claimed his sister Ritu Nanda.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi were among the many people who condoled the death of the twinkle-toed actor.
�Multifaceted, endearing and lively...this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media,� the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Naidu recalled that the talented actor essayed many roles with aplomb and was popular for his romantic films.
The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last, the family disclosed in their statement. � PTI