Mumbai: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has died at the age of 98 on Wednesday (July 7) said Dr Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist treating the actor at Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital.
The legendary actor’s family friend Faisal Farroqi tweeted, ”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”.
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. – Faisal Farooqui
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar, who was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a city hospital here, had shown improvement in his health, his wife Saira Banu had said on Monday (July 5).
The 98-year-old screen icon was admitted in suburban Khar-based Hinduja Hospital, a non-COVID-19 facility, last week to address age-related “medical issues” days after being discharged from the same hospital.
Kumar was earlier admitted to the same hospital on June 6 due to episodes of breathlessness.
He was discharged from Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital after undergoing pleural aspiration procedure on June 11. The star went through a pleural aspiration procedure, to get fluid removed from his lungs.
The Hindi cinema veteran was then 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.
Kumar’s career spans over five decades with hits like Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Naya Daur, and Ram Aur Shyam. His last big-screen appearance was the 1998 film Qila.