Bengaluru: Batting legend and former India captain Sachin Tendulkar paid his tributes to legendary Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor who passed away at the age of 67 in Mumbai today (April 30) after battling cancer for two years.

In an official statement, Rishi’s family said, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.”

Also read: Virat Kohli's tribute to Rishi Kapoor

India’s cricketers took to social media to condole the death of veteran actor. Tendulkar said he was “very very sad” to hear the news of Rishi’s death.

He said he grew up watching Rishi’s movies and added that the actor was “gracious” when they met over the years.

Also read: Cricketers mourn the death of Rishi Kapoor

“Very very sad to hear about the passing away of Rishi ji. I grew up watching his movies and he was always very gracious when we met over the years. May his soul Rest in Peace. My heartfelt condolences to Neetu ji, Ranbir and the whole Kapoor family. (Folded hands emoji) (sic),” Tendulkar wrote.