29/04/2020 12:41 PM IST | Updated 29/04/2020 2:26 PM IST

'Exceptional Actor Of Our Time': Politicians Remember Irrfan Khan

PM Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Shashi Tharoor and Prakash Javadekar shared messages of grief.

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Irrfan Khan attends a photocall for 'Inferno' at Palazzo Vecchio on October 6, 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Actor Irrfan Khan passed away at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital on Wednesday at the age of 53. He’s survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayan.

His spokesperson released a statement, which Mumbai Mirror carried, saying, “‘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’.”

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Politicians across the country condoled the acclaimed actor’s death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute and said ”He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums”.