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Life Of Pi & Slumdog Millionaire Star Irrfan Khan Dead At 53

irrfan khan passes away at 53

Irrfan Khan, known for his wide-ranging career in a variety of films such as Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, has died at the age of 53.

Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018, and was admitted on Tuesday into a Mumbai-area hospital with a colon infection. The father of two had previously spent time being treated in London for the rare form of cancer before returning to work last year. He passed away on Wednesday, according to multiple Indian media reports.

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His career spanned over 30 years, and he became known for bringing a certain intensity to his roles in both mainstream Bollywood and Hollywood flicks such as The Amazing Spider-Man  and Jurassic World. Take a look at some of his work in this moving tribute from Sony Pictures India:

In addition to fans who have been expressing their grief online, his friends and former castmates have been as well. Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram and shared:

“The world will always remember your legacy #irrfankhan . You fought like a warrior.. Rest in peace my friend.. My condolences to the family.”

She also shared a similar message along with the same pic from the 2011 dark comedy 7 Khoon Maaf (Seven Sins Forgiven) on Twitter:

“The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family.”

Mindy Kaling paid tribute to her “favorite actor,” and penned to Twitter:

“The loss of Irrfan Khan – at such a young age – is devastating. He was my favorite actor. I can’t think of someone who gave such layered and thoughtful performances but was also a movie star; you couldn’t take your eyes off of him onscreen. Love and peace to his family.”

The Late Night actress also tweeted out a quote from Tom Hanks who once called Khan “the coolest guy” during an interview leading up to the 2016 release of Inferno:

Ava DuVernay, a “grateful fan” of the actor, shared her condolences on Twitter:

“A grateful fan of #IrrfanKhan here. Gone too soon. When he is on screen, you can’t take your eyes off of him. He lives on in his films.”

Riz Ahmed, who you’ll recognize from his Emmy Award-winning role in The Night Of, also paid tribute to his “hero” via Twitter:

“Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us.”

We’re sending our condolences to Irrfan’s family and friends

[Image via KIKA/WENN.]

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Apr 29, 2020 10:40am PDT

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