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Tributes Pour In For Irrfan Khan, Beloved Actor Who Died At 53

Khan was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and died of a colon infection.

Irrfan Khan attends The Hollywood Reporter 2018 Sundance Studio in Park City, Utah to promote the film "Puzzle." (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
Irrfan Khan attends The Hollywood Reporter 2018 Sundance Studio in Park City, Utah to promote the film "Puzzle." (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

Irrfan Khan, a popular actor who starred in films including "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Life Of Pi," died Wednesday in Mumbai, India. He was 53 years old.

Khan was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor in 2018 and was admitted to a hospital in recent days with a colon infection. Khan’s family told The Times of India that he was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death. In a statement, they said, "Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. We all pray and hope that he is at peace."

Khan was beloved in Bollywood before crossing over to Hollywood and appearing in films such as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Jurassic World." He continued to star in Indian films, most recently in "Angrezi Medium," which was released in March.

Tributes poured in from actors and filmmakers around the world upon news of his death Wednesday, including from his "Namesake" co-star Kal Penn, with many praising his uniquely compelling method of acting:

Popular global Bollywood stars also weighed in:

Khan had many fans from both Western and Indian cinema:

As well as fans of his non-acting work:

Khan’s mother passed away just four days before him at the age of 95 from natural causes. The Hindustan Times reported that Khan could not attend her funeral due to lockdown restrictions. Indian media also reported that Khan’s last words were about his mother, known as "Amma" in Hindi, leading to beautiful tributes like this one:

Though the actor had not posted on Instagram since 2018, one of his last posts has taken on a special significance today: