Iconic Bollywood Star Irrfan Khan Has Died

April 29, 2020 / Posted by:

Sad news today. The star of many Bollywood, British, and American movies, Irrfan Khan, has died at the way-too-young age of 53. Irrfan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018. This week he was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for a colon infection, which was his official cause of death.

Irrfan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and two sons, Babil and Ayan.

His family released this statement. via Deadline:

“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, “As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it.”

In an extra layer of sadness that reminds me of the Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher double whammy, Irrfan’s 95-year-old mother died only four days ago. Because India’s in lockdown, he couldn’t attend her funeral. He had to watch it via video link. Irrfan’s own funeral has already taken place. Only 20 visitors were allowed to enter the cemetery to pay their respects. Aaaand, once again, fuck this pandemic.

In his 30+ years in Bollywood, Irrfan is known for countless hits such as Paan Singh Tomar, The Warrior, HaiderGunday, The Lunchbox, and Hindi Medium. He also appeared in Hollywood movies like Jurassic World, Inferno, and The Amazing Spiderman. 

I best remember him as the older version of Pi in Life of Pi, Kal Penn’s dad in The Namesake, and the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire. 

Here are some social media responses to Irrfan’s death, including condolences from the Prime Minister of India:



And a reel of some of Irrfan’s roles:

Welp, of course this month couldn’t end without one last major “fuck you” from the universe. I mean, I hope it’s the last one. Knock on wood. Then bleach. Then toilet paper.

Pic: Wenn.com

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