The Bollywood and international crossover actor, Irrfan Khan has passed away at the age of 53.

The actor, who was known on a global stage from his roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Jurassic World’, had been admitted into the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital with a colon infection.

In 2018, he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, received treatment in London and recovered. At the time, he announced his news via his Twitter account stating he had been diagnosed with an endocrine tumour, a rare illness affecting cells that release hormones into the bloodstream.

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Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: “Thank you for those indelible movie memories….thank you for raising the bar as an artist …thank you for enriching our Cinema….we will miss you terribly Irrfan but will always always be immensely grateful for your presence in our lives…..our cinema….we salute you.”
“An incredible talent… a gracious colleague… a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema… left us too soon… creating a huge vacuum,” actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted.

Khan’s Bollywood career came in 1988 when he made his film debut with a cameo Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated ‘Salaam Bombay’ before returning to Indian television for the next decade. He shot to global prominence playing the lead in Asif Kapadia’s BAFTA winner ‘The Warrior’ in 2001.

His big breakthrough in Indian cinema didn’t come until 2004 where he played Macbeth in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Maqbool’ and the antagonist in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Haasil’. In 2011, his turn as a soldier-turned-bandit in Dhulia’s ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ earning him India’s National Award for best actor.

On the international stage, his performance’s caught the eye Danny Boyle who gave him a role in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. He went on to star in ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘The Namesake,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘Inferno.’