New Delhi, Apr 30: Expressing grief over veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor's demise, his family on Thursday said he remained jovial and determined to live.
Stating that Rishi Kapoor passed away in a Mumbai's hospital this morning after a two-year battle with leukemia, the Kapoor family in a statement said, "The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last."
"He (Rishi) remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents," the Kapoor family said. "Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him", reads the statement.
Urging fans to not break lockdown rules to pay last respect to the actor, his family said,"He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears. In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way." (UNI)