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 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.
By: Dammy Eneli