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Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar dies at 98

/ 11:44 AM July 07, 2021
Bollywood star Dilip Kumar smiles after receiving an award in New Delhi

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, Sept. 2, 2008. Image: Reuters/B Mathur (India)

MUMBAI — One of India’s most well-known and respected actors, Dilip Kumar, died on Wednesday morning, his family said.

Kumar, also a producer and philanthropist, was 98 and ailing for some time. Recognized as one of the greatest actors in Hindi cinema, he is referred to as “the first Khan.”

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Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in 1922 in Peshawar, now in Pakistan, he was known by the screen name of Dilip Kumar once he joined Bollywood in the 1940s.

“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago,” Faisal Farooqui, a relative, posted on the actor’s Twitter account early on Wednesday morning.

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Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu, a popular leading lady in Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. JB

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