The Bollywood film star, who rose to fame in the West with Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire, Life Of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man, had battled a colon infection in intensive care.
His team initially denied rumors of his death in a statement.
Originally, its representatives had said, “Yes, it is true that Irrfan Khan is admitted to intensive care at Kokilaben in Mumbai due to a colon infection. We keep everyone informed. He is under the doctor’s supervision.
“His strength and courage have helped him fight and fight so far and we are sure that with his tremendous will and prayers to all who wish, he will recover soon. “
Irrfan had recently been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor and was receiving treatment in the UK for this.
He remained in India for the duration of the isolation of the coronavirus and was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday with the infection.
Unfortunately, he died of the illness in intensive care.
Rumors surrounding his health swirled Wednesday morning prompting his team to issue a statement confirming that he was still alive.
“It is truly disappointing to know that there are extreme assumptions about Irrfan’s health,” said representatives to Indian media.
“While we really appreciate that people are concerned, it is disheartening to see some sources spreading extreme rumors and creating panic.
“Irrfan is a strong person and always leads the battle. We really ask you not to fall into rumors and not to participate in these fictitious conversations.
“We have always actively clarified and shared updates on his health and we will continue to do so. “
However, his death was later confirmed by his publicist in a statement that praised the actor for his courage in the fight against cancer.
The statement read as follows: “I have confidence, I surrendered”, these are some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 about his fight against the cancer.
“And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on the screen.
“It is sad to see that on this day we have to announce his death. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought to the end and who always inspired everyone who approached him.
“After being struck by lightning in 2018 with the announcement of a rare cancer, he died shortly after and led the many battles that followed.
“Surrounded by his love, his family he cared about most, he left for paradise, leaving behind a real legacy.
“We are all praying and hope he is at peace. And to resonate and separate from his words, he said: “As if I tasted life for the first time, the magic side of it”. “
Irrfan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikder and his sons Babil and Ayan.
The actor died just three days after the death of his mother, Saeeda Begum, who died on Saturday.
Irrfan was unable to attend his funeral due to the closure of the coronavirus in India, but is said to have paid his last respects by video call.
Born in the Indian city of Jaipur, Irrfan then moved to Mumbai to begin his acting career in television in the 1980s.
He made the transition to film in the 1990s, but he didn’t become famous until he was offered the lead role in the film The Warrior, winner of the BAFTA in 2001.
Irrfan’s first Bollywood film role came in Rog of 2005, and he spent the next few years becoming famous for playing the bad guys.
He made the move to Hollywood in 2008, Slumdog Millionaire, playing a police detective.
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Film director Danny Boyle said of Irrfan: “He has an instinctive way of finding the ‘moral center’ of any character, so in Slumdog we think the cop might actually conclude that Jamal is innocent. “
He then landed roles in films such as New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Lunchbox nominated for BAFTA and Life of Pi, Oscar winner.
In 2015, another blockbuster came to him as he landed the role of park owner Simon Masrani in Jurassic World, and a year later, he played with Tom Hanks in Dan Brown adaptaion Inferno.
Its last appearance came in 2020 in the Hindi language film Angrezi Medium.