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Legendary actor Dilip Kumar dies at 98, sports fraternity pay tribute to Bollywood great

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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”.

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