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Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World actor dies after being treated for colon infection

4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, April 29 2020 Apr 29, 2020 April 29, 2020 4:50 AM April 29, 2020 in News
Source: ABC News
Irrfan Khan Photo: OpIndia

A well-known actor who became recognizable to most Americans from his role in the 2009 award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has died. 

ABC News reports that Irrfan Khan, one of India's best-known exports to Hollywood, passed away Wednesday after being admitted to Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection.

"Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him," a statement released by the actor's team said.

The actor battled cancer for several years after being diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer in 2018. He underwent months of treatment in the United Kingdom.

"I trust, I have surrendered," he wrote in a heartfelt note after he broke the news of his battle with cancer.

Khan made his screen debut in the Academy Award-nominated 1988 drama Salaam Bombay!, a tale of Mumbai's street children.

He played the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire and the park executive Masrani in Jurassic World, and appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man and the adventure fantasy Life of Pi.

Upon the news of the acclaimed actor's death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that "Khan's demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre."

He is survived by his wife, television writer and producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons, Babil and Ayan.

Khan was 54 years old.

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