'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Life of Pi' Actor Irrfan Khan Dies at 53

Irrfan Khan
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The Bollywood community is mourning the loss of film legend Irrfan Khan.

The Indian icon, who starred in hundreds Hollywood and Bollywood films including “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi,” died on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was 53.

Khan passed away in a Mumbai hospital. TMZ reports he was admitted to the ICU earlier in the week for a colon infection. He was diagnosed in March 2018 with a rare neuroendocrine tumor.

Khan attended the National School of Drama in New Delhi and quickly went on to make a name for himself as one of India’s most treasured actors.

After starring in the 2008 Oscar-winning film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” he broke into Hollywood taking on roles in “The Amazing Spider-Man, “Jurassic World,” and “Inferno.”

Bollywood and Hollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, paid her respects to the actor on social media writing, “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.”

Chopra Jonas worked with Khan on 2017’s “Saat Khoon Maaf.”

He is survived by his wife and two children. Khan's mother died last week, but he was unable to attend her funeral due to restrictions from the coronavirus lockdown.

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