Legendary actor Dilip Kumar left for heavenly abode on Wednesday. The actor has been going through age-related health issues for the longest time now. For those who are unaware, he was admitted to Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital last month. The actor’s wife has stood by him like a rock and has been updating his fans about his health. Dr. Jali Prakash confirmed the news of his demise on social media.

Speaking to Indian Express, he revealed that the veteran actor passed away at 7.30 am on Wednesday.” He passed away due to prolonged illness. He was 98,” he added. Faisal Farooqui shared the news of his death through the actor’s official Twitter account. He wrote, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him, we return. – Faisal Farooqui.”

Bollywood actors took to their respective social media handles to mourn the passing away of the legendary actor. Akshay Kumar wrote, ” ‘To the world may others may be heroes. To us actors, he was The Hero. #DilipKumar Sir has taken an entire era of Indian cinema away with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Om Shanti.’

Ajay Devgan shared a throwback picture with the late actor. He tweeted, “Shared many memories with the legend… some very personal, some on stage. Yet, nothing really prepared me for his passing away. An institution, a timeless actor. Heartbroken. Deepest condolences to Saraji.”

Amitabh Bachchan paid tribute to the late actor and wrote, “An institution has gone .. whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written, it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar. My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss. Deeply saddened. (sic)”

May his soul rest in peace!