Veteran actor Kader Khan breathed his last in Canada today after suffering from prolonged illness. He was 81.
Earlier, Khan was rushed to hospital after he complained of breathlessness.
When his condition didn't improve, he was shifted to a special ventilator from a normal one.
The death of the actor, who made us laugh through his roles, has made Bollywood and his fans sad.
Khan suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy
Reportedly, Khan had been battling health issues for a long time. He was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy which causes difficulty in walking, and leads to loss of balance and dementia.
After undergoing knee surgery last year, he became wheelchair-ridden.
He had shifted to Canada over a year ago. His elder son Sarfaraz and daughter-in-law Shahista looked after him.
Amitabh Bachchan's emotional note for his frequent-collaborator and friend
As news of his health got attention, the entire nation prayed for him.
Apart from his fans, Bollywood celebrities also sent their best wishes to the legendary actor.
Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Khan in several movies, wrote an emotional message for him and lauded him for his incredible persona.
The superstar had only good things to say about Khan.
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Bachchan informs Kader Khan also taught Mathematics in his note
T 3041 - KADER KHAN .. actor writer of immense talent .. lies ill in Hospital .. PRAYERS and DUAS for his well being and recovery .. saw him perform on stage, welcomed him and his prolific writing for my films .. great company, a Libran .. and many not know , taught Mathematics ! pic.twitter.com/yE9SSkcPUF— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 28, 2018
Khan started his career as an actor with Daag (1973)
Khan was a renowned comedian and a noted dialog writer. He entertained masses for around four decades.
He started his career with 1973 release Daag and worked in over 300 films.
Khan was fondly remembered for his unmissable role in movies like Dulhe Raja, Coolie No. 1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi.
He was last seen in 2015 release Ho Gaya Deemag Ka Dahi.
Kader Khan: A man who gave us thought-provoking dialogues
The Afghanistan-born performer was also a prolific screenwriter for Bollywood films in the 1970s and 1980s.
As a screenwriter and a dialog-writer, he has worked with bigwigs like actors Rajesh Khanna, Bachchan and Jeetendra, and directors like Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.
His first film as a dialog-writer was Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani (1972), and there was no looking back since.