29/04/2020 6:54 PM AEST | Updated 29/04/2020 10:23 PM AEST

Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar And Other Cricketers Pay Tribute To Irrfan Khan

Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan also tweeted condolences.

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File image of Irrfan Khan.

Actor Irrfan Khan passed away in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital on Wednesday at the age of 53. The actor is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayan.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it,” the statement from his family said, according to PTI.

“Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heavenly abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’,” it added.

Several cricketers paid tribute to the actor: