Kader Khan, veteran actor, dies at 81

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actor, Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada, a family member said on December 31 on Tuesday.

was admitted to a hospital and. He is unable to talk and is also showing signs of pneumonia.

Kader Khan, 81, was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks. He has been put on a BiPAP ventilator after he faced breathlessness.

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According to Ahmed Khan, a close relative, he passed away around 4 am (IST). He said the last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later in the day. The news comes after his son dismissed media reports of his demise.

He is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

The cinema thespian suffers from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a degenerative disease involving slow deterioration that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking, moving the eyes and dementia.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 22, Khan has regaled the audience with his comic side in films like “Himmatwala”, “Aankhen” and “Coolie No.1” Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Aunty No. 1 and Judwaa among others. He was also a writer in several films. He was last seen in 2015 in Ho Gaya Deemag Ka Dahi.

With agency inputs