Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67

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Actor Rishi Kapoor has passed away at a Mumbai hospital, Hindustan Times said on Wednesday.

As the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor loses his battle against the menace called Cancer, the entire B Town mourns on this news.

He returned to India last September after undergoing treatment in the United States for nearly a year.

He first appeared on silver screen in 1955 as a child artist in his father's film Shree 420.

His death was confirmed by his brother Randhir who told Indian news agency PTI: "He is no more".

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Rishi was a member of the famed Kapoor acting dynasty and was at the pinnacle of his career in the 1970s and 80s. "I am destroyed!", Amitabh tweeted on Thursday.

Kapoor's death comes one day after the death of fellow Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was known internationally for his roles in "Life Of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire". He acted in more than 90 films. "He was passionate about films and India's progress". In March 2018, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor - an abnormal growth that begins in the body's specialized neuroendocrine cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.

India is now in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Kapoor family is urging fans not to gather together publicly to mourn his loss.

"In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very hard and troubled time. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force", the statement said.

Kapoor is survived by his actress wife Neetu Singh and two children, including actor Ranbir Kapoor.

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