Veteran Bollywood star Dilip Kumar dies aged 98

In this file photo taken on May 22, 2004, Indian veteran actor Dilip Kumar speaks at the podium for his award for oustanding achievement in Indian cinema at the 5th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Singapore. — AFP

Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar — one of many biggest stars in the golden age of Indian cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s — died on Wednesday at the age of 98.

“With a huge heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab,” Faisal Farooqui, a family group friend, posted on Kumar’s official Twitter.

In accordance with the Hindustan Times, Kumar has been admitted to the intensive care unit on June 30 to “address medical issues” linked to old age. He was earlier admitted to the same hospital on June 6 after experiencing breathlessness.

Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu, a well-known leading lady in Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s.

Condolences poured in as Bollywood and politicians alike mourned the loss of the actor. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that for his generation Kumar was the “greatest and most versatile actor “.

“I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to simply help raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital when the project was launched,” he said.

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