Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale dies at 77 in Pune
In a shocking piece of news, veteran Marathi and Bollywood actor Vikram Gokhale passed away on Saturday in Pune. He was 77. He had been unwell and was admitted to Pune's Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, where he breathed his last. Gokhale had been receiving treatment at the private hospital for some days and was put on ventilator support recently. May his soul rest in peace.
His health condition deteriorated on Saturday morning
Earlier on Saturday, the hospital authorities issued a statement saying Gokhale's health deteriorated further. It read, "Mr. Vikram Gokhale continues to be on ventilator and has slightly deteriorated further and he is back on BP support and medication." On Friday, his condition reportedly improved, and he showed "slow but steady improvement." "He is opening his eyes, moving his limbs," the hospital stated on Friday.
Rumors about his demise surfaced on Thursday
On Thursday, rumors about the veteran actor's demise surfaced online. Bollywood celebrities like Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jaaferi, and Aly Goni had even offered their condolences on social media. However, Dr. Dhananjay Kelkar, who was treating Gokhale, later denied the rumors about his death and said those were "not true." News agency ANI announced the tragic news of his demise on Saturday.
Fans offer condolences on social media
After the demise of Gokhale was confirmed on Saturday, fans took to social media to offer their condolences to the veteran actor's family. Many have also been sharing his photos on social media platforms and writing heart-filled notes about him to remember the actor. A fan shared a monochrome photo of Gokhale and wrote, "One of the finest artists #VikramGokhale. Om shaanti (sic)."
Gokhale was last seen in 'Nikamma' (2022)
Last seen in Nikamma, Gokhale had been in the industry for more than 40 years. In Nikamma, which was released in June this year, he was seen alongside Shilpa Shetty and Abhimanyu Dassani. He played prominent roles in several Marathi and Bollywood films. Gokhale also starred alongside veterans like Amitabh Bachchan (Agneepath) and Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam).