NEW DELHI (AP) – Top Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, a scion of Bollywoodâ€™s most famous Kapoor family, has died. He was 67 and had leukemia.
Indiaâ€™s Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Thursday â€œRishi Kapoor goneâ€¦.Just passed awayâ€¦ I am destroyed.â€
Kapoor was hospitalized in Mumbai on Wednesday and died on Thursday, according to a family statement.
He returned to India last September after undergoing treatment in the United States for almost a year. He was hospitalized twice in February.
His father Raj Kapoor and grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor were doyens of Bollywood, the vast Hindi-language film industry based in the western coastal city of Mumbai.
He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his fatherâ€™s 1970 film “Mera Naam Joker.â€ He acted in more than 90 films.
His wife, Nitu Singh, co-starred in several of his films. His son Ranbir Kapoor is a current top Bollywood actor.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.