Legendary actor Dilip Kumar breathed his last on Wednesday morning, taking away an entire era of Hindi films with him. In an earlier post, his family informed on Twitter that he was admitted to Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital for ‘medical issues related to illness which are frequently expected in a 98 year old’. But the said medical conditions were never openly discussed.
A doctor from the hospital has now divulged the details of his recurring illnesses. Dilip Kumar suffered from advanced prostate cancer that had spread in other organs of his body. ALSO READ: Saira Banu Pens An Emotional Message As Her 54th Wedding Anniversary With Dilip Kumar Draws Close; There Will Be No Celebrations This Year
“He had water in the pleural cavity, and he suffered kidney failure. He required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried out the last transfusion but it did not help,” the hospital doctor said, according to a report published in The Indian Express. ALSO READ: Dilip Kumar Passes Away: 'He Was A Great Artiste, I Was So Small In Front Of Him,' Waheeda Rehman Remembers The Late Actor
The actor had been bedridden for several months and became unresponsive in the last few days.
“The fluids accumulated in the pleural cavity had to be removed several times. He also suffered a drop in blood pressure and haemoglobin towards the end,” the doctor said.
“The cancer spread made it difficult to treat him."
The report further said, “He passed away at around 7.30 am. Saira Bano took immense care of him during his illness."
Another senior doctor said that Saira Bano had a team of 10 persons at home to treat him and a mini-ICU set up. "He used to be brought to PD Hinduja for blood transfusion when he complained of breathlessness and dialysis," the report added.
The social media has been abuzz with condolences ever since the sad news of the legend's demise broke out. Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, and Dharmendra have all reacted to the news.
Popular as 'The Tragedy King', Dilip Kumar has worked in 65 movies till date. Some of his well-known movies include Andaz, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Naya Daur.
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