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Tributes pour in for Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar

Last Updated Jul 7, 2021 at 9:17 am PDT

Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, right, receives a Lifetime Achievement award from Indian President Pratibha Patil, at the 54th National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

Dilip Kumar died in Mumbai on Wednesday after a prolonged illness; he was 98

Bollywood actor's death has been described as 'a big loss' for Hindi film

Kumar was hailed as the 'Tragedy King' during his career, which spanned more than six decades

VANCOUVER – Bollywood is mourning the loss of Dilip Kumar, one of its greats, after he died Wednesday.

Kumar had been dealing with a prolonged illness and was in a Mumbai hospital when he passed. He was 98 years old.

His death has been described as “a big loss” for Hindi film.

“Legends transcend space & time. The memories of Dilip Sir will forever adorn the pillars of Indian Cinema. My thoughts & prayers with Saira ji,” writes actor Hrithik Roshan.

Actress Priyanka Chopra is also extending her condolences, saying she was one of the lucky people to have had a chance to meet Kumar.

Actor and producer Salman Khan says the Bollywood great is the best actor Indian cinema has and ever will see.

British-Indian actress and singer Alia Bhatt is also paying tribute to Kumar’s work.

“Every time I have watched him portray legendary characters I felt like I was being swept away and yet being educated. Educated by his nuances, his silences, his unparalleled depth and his sheer aura,” a tweet reads.

Kumar was hailed as the “Tragedy King” during his career, which spanned more than six decades and 60 films. The title came about because he took on so many serious roles.

He was hospitalized twice last month after he complained of breathlessness.

“Dilip Kumar will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet, which also offered his condolences to Kumar’s family and admirers.

Kumar was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan, a Muslim, on Dec. 11, 1922. His Pathan family hailed from Peshawar, in what became Pakistan after Partition, and he visited his ancestral home in the late 1980s.

He changed his name as he debuted in Bollywood, the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai, with “Jwar Bhata,” or “Sea Tides,” in 1944.