Mumbai: Veteran actor Avtar Kishan Hangal,popularly known as AK Hangal, who was admitted to the Asha Parekh hospital in Santa Cruz, almost a week back, has passed away Sunday morning.
The 95- year- old thespian had suffered a fracture on his thigh bone and had been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.
Hangal, who had been in and out of hospital since the last few years, suffered from several ailments including tuberculosis, high blood pressure and kidney dysfunction. Doctors attending to him felt that he needed to be operated on but considering his advanced age it was decided that he was not fit for surgery.
The Hangals were in a dire strait before the film industry chipped in with funds after news of the veteran actor’s failing health broke out last year. Soon after, industry insiders took to social media to garner funds and support for the ailing actor.
Hangal had participated in the country’s freedom struggle before he joined the Hindi film industry. He has acted in over 200 films which included 'Sholay', 'Bawarchi', 'Aaina' and 'Namak Haram' Recently, he was seen in a TV show called ‘Madhubala’.
Hangal will be cremated today.
With DNA inputs