Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor Dies at 79

Actor Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79 in Mumbai on Monday. He had been admitted to Kokilaben Hospital. The hospital’s CEO confirmed that the star breathed his last at 5:20 pm.

“Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years,” Randhir Kapoor told PTI. Kapoor was unwell for the past three-four weeks, and was undergoing treatment at the Kokilaben Hospital where he was admitted on Sunday night, reportedly due to a chest infection. Apparently, the late actor suffered from the same problem in 2014 as well after his bypass surgery.

He reportedly had a kidney ailment for several years and had been on dialysis. The funeral will reportedly be held on Tuesday morning. The third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961 -- as the lead actor -- in the film, Dharmputra. Kapoor acted in over 150 films including a dozen English language movies. He was born in Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1938. Kapoor’s acting career began in the 1940s where he first appeared on screen as a child actor.

In 2011, he was awarded Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2015. In the 60s and 70s, he acted in several hits such as Sharmilee, Aa Gale Lag Ja, Chor Machaye Shor, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Deewar, and Kabhi Kabhie among others. Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kendal established the Prithvi Theatre in November 1978 in Mumbai. Jennifer died of cancer in 1984. Kapoor is survived by daughter Sanjana Kapoor and two sons, Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor.

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