Mumbai: Dilip Kumar, India’s enduring film legend through the decades, died at a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday after prolonged illness, his family and doctors treating him said. He was 98.
The actor, known to generations of film-goers as ‘tragedy king’ for his portrayal of the brooding, intense romantic in classics such as Mughal-e-Azam and Devdas, had been admitted to the Hinduja Hospital, a non-COVID-19 facility in Khar, since last Tuesday.
“He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 a.m.,” Dr. Jalil Parkar, who had been treating Kumar, told PTI.
“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return,” family friend Faisal Farooqui posted from the actor’s Twitter handle at 8.01 a.m.
After news of the actor passing broke out, people from all walks of life took to social media to share heartwarming messages.
Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, current white ball captain Shikhar Dhawan, olympic medalist Saina Nehwal and former cricketers Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Shahid Afridi also posted tributes for the late actor, where they called him the “greatest icon of the Indian film industry”.
Heartfelt condolences to #DilipKumar’s family.The gr8 man said,
Taqdeerein badal jaati hain,zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki taarikh badal jaati hai,shahenshah badal jaate hain,magar iss badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai,woh insaan nahi badalta pic.twitter.com/hpKg3iSHlm
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 7, 2021
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) July 7, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 7, 2021
Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.
A huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib’s fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe. He lives on in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Saira Banu sahiba. #DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/T51NelBl6O
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 7, 2021
Born Mohammed Yusuf aka Dilip Kumar sahb .. He was one of the last surviving stars of the Hindi film industry’s 1940s–1960s “Golden Age”.
May you rest in eternal peace Dilip sahib (11 December 1922 – 7 July 2021).#RipDilipKumar sir 🙏🙏#legend
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 7, 2021
Rest in Peace Dilip Kumar ji!
There will never be another like you.
Your contribution to Indian cinema is unparalleled and you’ll be missed dearly. My heartfelt condolences to Saira Banu ji & the family. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/9yw80eTegZ
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 7, 2021