Mumbai: The tragic news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise came on Thursday morning and the whole country mourned the loss. Recently, Rishi Kapoor’s close friend Rakesh Roshan spoke about his memories of the actor and how health went from being bad to worse for his friend.

In an interview with journalist Subhash K Jha, the veteran actor revealed that Rishi’s health started taking a toll when he went to Delhi in February this year.

The senior Roshan said he had a word with Rishi before he was leaving for the capital to attend a wedding and he had advised him to not go there considering he himself had struggled with cancer.

Rakesh Roshan said that Rishi Kapoor had discussed his plans of going to Delhi in February despite his health conditions.

The veteran actor added that his friend had a relapse of cancer when he was hospitalised again. He was quoted saying, “Both of us had cancer, though different kinds. I am aware of how infection-prone we are. So, when Chintu told me about his plans to go to Delhi in February for a wedding I advised him against it. But he still went and had a relapse there. When I met Chintu he admitted he should’ve listened to me and that he made a mistake by going to Delhi.”

Rishi Kapoor had suffered from leukaemia. However, in September last year, he had announced that he was cancer-free after being treated for over a year in New York. Roshan, who battled throat cancer in the past, said Rishi was hospitalised for the last three weeks and he knew that his condition was critical but couldn’t do anything.

The veteran actor added that he has been feeling lonely ever since he got to know the news of his friend’s demise. “Rishi was in hospital for three weeks. I knew since last evening that he is critical, but what could I do? We are living in such frustrating times. I really don’t know what to say, but I must tell you that I am feeling so lonely today. Too many memories and they’re all coming rolling back,” Roshan explained.