Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, at Mumbai's PD Hinduja Hospital, in the presence of his wife Saira Banu, other family members and doctors. He had been admitted to the hospital on June 30 due to various age-related health issues.
Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife and veteran actor Saira Banu.
The news of his demise is confirmed by Dr Jaleel Parkar, pulmonologist, who was treating the veteran actor.
Parkar, in an interview with Peeping Moon, revealed what Saira Banu's first words were after hearing the tragic news of her husband's death.
According to the report, Banu said: "God snatched away my reason for living. Without Sahab, I won't be able to think about anything. Everyone, please pray."
Saira Banu Khan had earlier tweeted about his improving medical condition. But that was a short-lived glimmer of hope.
Dilip Kumar's spokesperson Faisal Farooqi on Wednesday shared the sad news on the former's Twitter handle.
"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," Farooqi tweeted.
When IANS contacted him, Farooqui, who was at the hospital with Saira Banu and other family members, said: "I am here in the hospital. Sahab passed just after 7 o'clock. He was admitted to the hospital for the past few days for old-age related complications and he passed away peacefully this morning in the presence of Saira ji and other family members and doctors. We are still at the hospital."
Talking about how Saira Banu is coping, Farooqui shared: "Saira baji and Sahab have been married for more than I would say almost 55 years. She has loved Dilip Kumar till the time she has known herself."
"So, 55 years of marriage and she has stood by him in all the ups and downs of life that comes with 55 years of marriage. Rock solid, always there. I think they are the most loving couple and couple goals that you can imagine. One can learn from them," he concluded.
The legendary actor's career spanned over six decades.
He acted in over 65 films in his career and is known for his iconic roles in movies like 'Devdas '(1955), 'Naya Daur' (1957), 'Mughal-e-Azam' (1960), 'Ganga Jamuna' (1961), 'Kranti' (1981), and 'Karma' (1986). His last film was 'Qila', which was released in 1998.
(With inputs from IANS)