Dilip Kumar Dies at 98: Bollywood, Politicians Pay Tributes, India Mourns Loss of an Iconic Actor
Dilip Kumar Dies at 98, Live Updates: Dilip Kumar was taken to Juhu Kabristan, where the film fraternity and thousands of fans lined up to bid him an emotional farewell.
Dilip Kumar Dies at 98, Live Updates: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar was buried in Mumbai on Wednesday with full state honours. Wrapped in the national flag, Dilip Kumar was taken to Juhu Kabristan, where the film fraternity and thousands of fans lined up to bid him an emotional farewell. Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan attended the burial ceremony, while a tearful Saira Banu looked on. The Indian cinema legend breathed his last at Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital on Wednesday morning following a prolonged illness. He was 98. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and several Bollywood A-listers including Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Vidya Balan visited the legendary actor’s Bandra residence to meet his wife Saira Banu.
Dilip Kumar, known to generations of cine-goers as ‘tragedy king,’ was rushed to the hospital on June 30 after complaining of breathlessness. His family friend Faisal Farooqui confirmed the news of the actor’s death on Twitter. “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return,” read Farooqui’s tweet via Dilip Kumar’s official Twitter handle.
Dilip Kumar was first admitted to the hospital on June 6 and was put on oxygen support and stable. A tweet from the actor’s official handle had shared this update: “Don’t believe in WhatsApp forwards. Saab is stable. Thank you for your heartfelt duas and prayers. As per doctors, he should be home in 2-3 days.” Dilip Kumar was later discharged on June 11.