One of the finest actors of Bollywood, Rishi Kapoor, breathed his last in Mumbai on Thursday morning after a two-year-long battle with cancer. He was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Hospital on Wednesday. The news has come as a shock a day after actor Irrfan Khan's demise. 

Rishi Kapoor charmed us over the years with his stellar acts and the actor will be deeply missed. As Bollywood lost another gem today, after Irrfan Khan's demise yesterday, Rishi Kapoor’s family released an official statement as the actor passed away peacefully. 

The statement mentioned how Rishi Kapoor kept the doctors entertained till his last. The official statement titled ‘A message from Rishi Kapoor’s family’ reads, “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. He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears. In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way.”

Rishi Kapoor, who started as a child artist in his father's film Mera Naam Joker, made his debut with Bobby in the year 1973 and it was a super hit. His filmography comprises a few most acclaimed films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Kabhi Kabhi, Chandni, Bol radha Bol and many more.