Mumbai, Jun 10: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's father, Dr Ashok Chopr, passed away today after a prolonged battle with cancer.
The actress' father died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, Priyanka's manager told PTI. Priyanka had posted a collage of her and her father's picture on Twitter this morning. Dr Chopra, a physician in the Indian Army, was seriously ill for a longtime.
He had accompanied Priyanka to Vancouver for the TOIFA Awards earlier this year despite his ill health. Priyanka, who won the best actress award there for her role in 'Barfi!' dedicated the trophy to her father.
The actress, who inherited the love for music from her father, was very close to Dr Chopra and even has a tattoo 'Daddy's lil girl' inked on her wrist.
For over a fortnight, the actress had been by her father's side due his illness, keeping aside all her film assignments. Asha Bhosle, Bipasha Basu, Prabhudeva, Kunal Kohli and
other members of the film fraternity took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express their condolences to the 30-year-old actress.
"Deepest condolences to Priyanka Chopraji and family on the passing away of her father. He loved his music, country and family," Bhosle posted on Twitter.
Bipasha, who once worked with Priyanka, posted, "Strength to you Priyanka Chopra and your family."
"RIP Dr Chopra. Condolences to Priyanka Chopra. Had a great love for music. Met him in Vancouver last, amazing zest for life," posted Kohli.
Prabhudeva tweeted, "So sorry to hear about Priyanka Chopra's father. I hope god gives strength to her and her family to cope up with this loss. My condolences."
"Oh No!!! Priyanka Chopra may God give you strength. Lots of love. May his soul rest in peace," posted Anubhav Sinha.