Actress Rita Koiral dies of cancer at 58


Bengali actress Rita Koiral died of cancer at a private hospital. Koiral had acted in films such as Asukh (1999) by Rituparno Ghosh, Paromitar Ekdin (2008) by Aparna Sen and Dutta Vs Dutta (2012) by Anjan Dutt. She was 58.

She was acting on soaps like Rakhi Bandhan and Stree while unwell. The shows are currently on air. Two months ago, the actor was diagnosed with liver cancer. Since then she was in and out of the hospital and used to resume work after being discharged.

She was taken home after chemotherapy seven days back and her condition worsened ever since. Koiral was re-admitted to the hospital early today after her condition turned critical.

West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted: "Saddened to hear about the passing away of actress Rita Koiral. My condolences to her family, friends and fans. Gone too soon."

"Really shocked and extremely upset to hear about the sudden demise of Rita Koiral. Loss for the industry. Such a powerful actress she was," Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee posted on Twitter.

The actress is survived by a daughter.