One of India’s most famous comedians has died in a Toronto hospital.
Kader Khan died on Dec. 31, following a long illness,
A Bollywood favourite, Khan’s condition was grave and he was put on a ventilator after complaining of breathlessness.
He had been showing signs of pneumonia and suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease that causes dementia, loss of balance and difficulty in walking.
The 81-year-old was admitted to hospital about four months ago. Funeral services will be held in Toronto.
Khan appeared in more than 300 films and wrote 250 scripts, including Bread, Mr. Natwar Lal, Seven Pay Power, Two and Two Panch, Hum and Agneepath, during his 1970s and 1980s heyday.
The star moved to India from Afghanistan when he was born, settling in Mumbai. He grew up in that city’s packed slums.
Khan had also been a civil engineer and professor from 1970-75.
Actor Dilip Kumar, who was known for his performance in a drama at an annual college program, saw Khan and recognized his talent.
His funeral was held Wednesday in Meadowvale.