Bengaluru: Indian cricketers today (April 29) expressed shock after hearing the news of national award winning actor Irrfan Khan. The Bollywood actor breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital. He was 53.

The Angrezi Medium actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital recently with colon infection. This was three days after he lost his 95-year-old mother.

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“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him (Irrfan) passing away,” the Life of Pi actor’s PR team said in a media statement.

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“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’,” it added.

Taking to the micro-blogging website Twitter, Indian cricketers paid rich tributes to Irrfan. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said he always enjoyed the Angrezi Medium actor’s work.

Shikhar wrote, “R.I.P @irrfank Ji. Always enjoyed your amazing work and your mind-blowing skills as an actor and artist. Sincere condolences and prayers for the family (sic).”

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said Irrfan was one of his favourite actors. He wrote on his Twitter page, “Sad to hear the news of #IrrfanKhan passing away. He was one of my favorites & I’ve watched almost all his films, the last one being Angrezi Medium. Acting came so effortlessly to him, he was just terrific. May his soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to his loved ones (sic).”

India captain Virat Kohli hailed Irrfan as "phenomenal talent". “Saddened to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. What a phenomenal talent and dearly touched everyone's heart with his versatility. May god give peace to his soul,” Kohli wrote.

Former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag wrote, "A great actor and a great talent. Heartfelt Condolences to his family and well - wishers #IrfanKhan (sic)."

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma said he was shocked to hear the news. “RIP Irrfan Khan, so shocking to the news! You were an asset to the industry, redefined the art of acting! Such a warm and a beautiful soul. May god give your family the strength! God bless @irrfank #IrrfanKhan #RIP #RIPIrrfanKhan (sic),” Ishant said.

Suresh Raina wrote, “Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of #IrfanKhan. He was truly an actor with immense talent & high caliber. He will be missed badly. My heartfelt condolences to the family. #ripirfankhan (sic).”