00:09 GMT01 August 2021
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    Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar was rushed to the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai one week ago. He had complained of breathlessness but it was not because of COVID. At 98, age-related health complications caught up to the actor whose demise leaves Bollywood a lot less glitzy for the time being.

    As iconic actor Dilip Kumar succumbed to his illnesses and died on Wednesday morning, the film industry of India lost one of its first ever superstars. 

    His family friend Faisal Farooqui took to Twitter to share the news of his passing away from the actor's official account.

    ​The actor, who was born on 11 December 1922 as Mohammed Yusuf Khan but later adopted the stage name "Dilip Kumar", had been in and out of the hospital for some years due to age-related health complications. 

    In a lustrous career spanning over 50 years, which started in 1944 even before India gained its independence from the British Raj, the actor enjoyed a massive fan following in India and even abroad. His intense choice of roles earned him the title of "Tragedy King" from his fans. 

    The news of his demise has left Bollywood stars, including Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan as well as top politicians Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, posting heart-felt condolences on social networking sites. 

    ​At present, the details about the iconic actor's last rites remain unknown. 

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