Marking the end of an era, Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar has breathed his last in Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital at the age of 98.
Kumar was taken to hospital on last Wednesday after complaining of breathlessness. “He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am,” Dr Jalil Parkar, who had been treating the legend, said.
A tweet posted from the actor's official handle by family friend Faisal Farooqui read: “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip saab a few minutes ago. We are from God and to him we return.”
Meanwhile, tributes to the late icon flooded social media. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. The thespian's charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent. With his demise, an era ends. Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Condolences to family and countless fans.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Dilip Kumar ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”
Dilip Kumar, who would have been 99 in December, is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Saira Banu.