Bollywood first superstar Rajesh Khanna, who was not keeping well since April, died on Wednesday afternoon at his home 'Aashirwad' on Mumbai's Carter Road. He was 69.
His family members were by his side at his Bandra house when he passed away. His son-in-law Akshay Kumar too has reportedly returned home from his shoots abroad. The funeral service of the actor will take place on Thursday morning.
The actor was hospitalized in Mumbai Lilavati hospital on June 23 following weakness, but was discharged on Monday afternoon. He was at his Mumbai residence since then.
However, his condition worsened and was put on ventilation again following weakness and low blood pressure.
The cause of his death is unclear. He was not in good health for quite a while and his manager even said that he had stopped taking food. His estranged wife and actress Dimple was by his side throughout his illness.
Rajesh Khanna or Kaka, called so by his friends, is considered the first superstar of Hindi Cinema and has worked in more than 160 films.
The legendary actor ruled the film industry during 1960s and 70s, and some of his notable films are like "Raaz", "Do Raaste", "Bawarchi", "Anand" and "Aradhana." He had delivered 15 consecutive solo superhits, which is still an unbroken record in the Indian film history.
The actor was last seen in a television ad which was directed by filmmaker R Balki. He was survived by two daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinkie Khanna.