Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s family friend, Faisal Farooqi, tweeted from Kumar’s official Twitter wrote, “We are from God and to Him we return.”

FILE PHOTO: Bollywood star Dilip Kumar smiles after receiving a lifetime achievement award from India’s President Pratibha Patil (unseen) during the 54th national film awards ceremony in New Delhi September 2, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA)

Faisal Farooqi has confirmed that the veteran actor Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98 on Wednesday morning. Dilip Kumar was hospitalized for several days suffering from asthma.

Earlier, the legendary actor was admitted to the hospital after experiencing breathlessness. His wife, Saira Banu, and his close friend, Faisal Farooqi, were with him in the hospital.

The source said, “The doyen of the Indian film industry, Mr. Dilip Kumar, breathed his last today at 7:30 am at Khar Hinduja hospital after a long and protracted illness.

His friend, Farooqi, confirmed his death and tweeted, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.”

His wife, Saira Banu, has not shared her statement yet.

Kumar’s career spanned over five decades with hits like “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Devdas”, “Naya Daur”, and “Ram Aur Shyam”.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.