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Irrfan Khan, a veteran character actor in Bollywood movies and one of India’s best-known exports to Hollywood, has died. He was 54.

Khan who had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018 was admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection. He passed away a day after.

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan was best known to English-speaking audiences as the police inspector in the 2008 film “Slumdog Millionaire”, for which he and the cast of the movie won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

In a statement on Wednesday, his publicist said: “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”

Khan made his screen debut in the Academy Award-nominated 1988 drama “Salaam Bombay!,” a tale of Mumbai’s street children. He later worked with directors Mira Nair, Wes Anderson and Ang Lee.

Khan won a number of film awards in India, including a 2012 Indian National Film Award for best actor for his performance in “Paan Singh Tomar,” a compelling tale of a seven-time national champion athlete who quit India’s armed forces to rule the Chambal ravines in central India.

By: Dammy Eneli

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