"Remember Rishi Kapoor with a smile, not with tears," say actor's family

Evergreen actor Rishi Kapoor passed away today at around 8:45 am and his family members released an official statement informing his demise. They asked all his well-wishers and fans to remember him with a smile and not with tears.

Here is the statement:-

"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last.

He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.

He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.

In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.

He would not have it any other way."

Rishi Kapoor , 67, survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor, daughter Riddhima and other family members.