Mumbai: Bollywood actor and National Film Award winner Irrfan Khan passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday (April 29). He was 53.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him (Irrfan) passing away,” the 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.

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

The Angrezi Medium actor who played the character Champak Bansal, had tweeted on April 12 about his movie being available on Hotstar. Unfortunately, it was his final tweet.

He had written, “Mr. Champak’s state of mind: Love from the inside, making sure to show it outside! #AngreziMedium now streaming on @DisneyplusHSVIP (sic).”

The tweet was accompanied with a picture of him smiling and a dialogue from his film Angrezi Medium, “Inside I’m very emotional, outside I’m very happy…”

A fine actor, Irrfan, besides essaying roles in Bollywood, had also acted in Hollywood and British films. He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sarkar and two sons Babil and Ayan. Irrfan and Sutapa had got married in 1995. In 2013, Irrfan won the National Award (Best Actor) for his acting in Paan Singh Tomar.

Here is Irrfan’s final tweet.