Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away on April 27, 2017. The veteran actor was battling bladder cancer for years. Celebrities from the film industry and sports have expressed their heartfelt grief and condolences.
On March 31, Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaum, Mumbai due to severe dehydration. The actor remained hospitalized for close to a month.
‘Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passed away at the age of 70 due to bladder cancer.’
"He passed away at 11.20am. It's a sad moment for us. We request you all (media) for privacy," said the actor's brother Pramod Khanna.
Born on October 6, 1946, in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai's Sydenham College before moving into acting. Khanna was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna.
He married Kavita with whom he has two children, Sakshi and Shraddha. Vinod Khanna appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013 and also forayed into politics by joining the BJP. He was Minister of State for Tourism and Culture in 2002.