Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar passed away on Wednesday (July 7). The actor had been recuperating from age-related health issues for the last few days and had been admitted to the hospital multiple times. He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital on June 30. He was buried with full state honours at Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz in Mumbai in the presence of family and friends. Kumar's wife Saira Banu had been with him throughout. Sharing the sad news, his family friend Faisal Farooqui tweeted through the actor's handle: "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"
Many Bollywood celebrities including filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Vidya Balan, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Shabana Azmi and others arrived at Dilip Kumar's house to pay their last respects to the legendary actor. The actor's longtime aide Faisal Farooqui said that the last rites will be held at the Juhu Muslim Cemetery in Santacruz west, around 5 p.m.
Earlier, Saira Banu had assured fans that Kumar's condition was stable. Banu's last tweet read, "Dilip Kumar Sahab's health is still stable. He is still in ICU, we want to take him home but we are waiting for doctors' approval as they know his medical condition as soon as doctors allow, will take him home. He will not be discharged today. Need prayers of his fans, he will be back soon."
Earlier, Dilip Kumar was hospitalised on June 6 after experiencing breathlessness. He was diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion -- a build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs and underwent a successful pleural aspiration procedure. He was discharged after five days.
Known as the 'Tragedy King' of Bollywood, the veteran actor's career spanned over six decades. He has acted in over 65 films in his career and is known for his iconic roles in movies like 'Devdas '(1955), 'Naya Daur' (1957), 'Mughal-e-Azam' (1960), 'Ganga Jamuna' (1961), 'Kranti' (1981), and 'Karma' (1986). He was last seen in 'Qila' in 1998.