Some goodbyes are hard. And, bidding goodbye to Irrfan Khan is just going to be one of them.
Actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 54, after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday. He was was under observation for colon infection. The actor in 2018 had announced that he’d been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.
As reported by HT, the actor’s representatives shared the news with a statement:
‘I trust, I have surrendered,’ these were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away.
Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it.
Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’.
Though he was known for his acting career, Actor Irrfan Khan was much more for many of us. A guide, a mentor, a life coach, and most importantly a fighter. In the midst of shiny and superficial superstars, he was a real star who shone to give light to many hopeless and heartbroken hearts, who were too scared to dream.
My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute.
He made us laugh & cry. But most importantly he inspired us to fight our circumstances for our dreams.
No one could deny how Irrfan Khan showed us to turn our pain into fuel to channel our dreams. While he was struggling with excruciating pain for several months in 2019, he didn’t stop working on his passion.
“There’s a saying, ‘when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.’ It feels good to hear, but when life really hands you lemons, making lemons is really difficult. But, one doesn’t have any other choice but to remain positive. Whether you are able to make lemonade in such situations is entirely up to you. We’ve made this film with the same sort of positivity.”
Irrfan signs off by this emotional post with the most hopeful words:
“And yes, wait for me.”
Here’s that powerful message that left many with a hope to meet him again:
This is so heartwarming . Irfan , my love and prayers are with you . U are amazing. And this one looks like a very very special film . Waiting for it . And like you said, waiting for you ???? https://t.co/q7xYjJuwBg
While we were still waiting for Irrfan to come back, destiny had different plans for him. He has inspired many not only through his movies but also through his cancer struggle.
When we thought nothing could make us feel worse,this happened. I think I will refuse to believe you are no more by watching all your work time n again n again n again. I have known you that way n shall continue to know you that way for ever. You ARE the best we have #IrrfanKhan
As we bid goodbye to the man who inspired us, we feel heartbroken and shattered. As we pray for the strength for his wife and family, who supported like a rock during his cancer struggle, we want to tell Irrfan that he will be missed dearly.