The ‘Tragedy King’ Dilip Kumar is no more. He is survived by wife Saira Banu. The news regarding his death was announced on his official Twitter handle. Besides his groundbreaking work in the Indian cinema, the legendary actor was also known for his adorable relationship with Saira. The duo shared an age difference of 22 years!
Only a day ago, in a tweet shared on the behalf of Dilip, Saira provided an update on the actor’s health and told fans that he was “improving”. While fans and the whole of Bollywood were hopeful on learning about the developments, the tragic news has now left them devastated.
A match made in heaven
Dilip was already an established star in the Indian cinema when Saira realized her admiration for him only at the age of 12! However, the age difference didn’t stop Saira from following her heart.
Years passed and Saira went on to become a celebrity herself, but she fell for another actor Rajendar Kumar, who was a married man. When their relationship got entangled in a controversy, Saira’s mother decided to play the cupid between her daughter and Dilip.
Soon romance blossomed between Dilip and Saira and they went on to tie the knot in 1966. Although their relationship experienced a few ups and lows, the couple remained together for over four decades, becoming one of the most admired celebrity couples of Hollywood.
Dilip and Saira did not have any children together.
A look at the actor’s health complications.
Reportedly, Dilip passed away due to age-related issues. He was hospitalized on June 6 after experiencing breathlessness. The actor was diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and underwent a successful pleural aspiration procedure. He was discharged five days later.
Dilip was admitted to the hospital multiple times in the past month. Saira had been by his side throughout and constantly provided updates on her husband’s health.
After the actor took his last breath, family friend Faisal Farooqui shared a tweet to announce his demise to the world. He wrote, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return”
Twitter pays tribute to iconic actor
Dilip’s death had left fans emotional as they are unable to accept the loss of the Bollywood actor who redefined Indian cinema.
Mourning the loss of the veteran artist one Twitter user wrote, “Woke up with the saddest news to hear that The Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan is no more. With his departure to another stage someone lost their childhood memory, someone filmy pana and someone the man himself. May Allah bless the departed soul. Rest in Peace #DilipKumar saab.”
Another added, “Dilip Kumar ji you will be remembered as a legend Bollywood cinema …. Rip sir”
One fan tweeted, “A huge loss to indian cinema. A greatest actor of all time, irreplaceable & an inspiration to billions. You will be missed @TheDilipKumar saab. Rest in peace”