Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar died aged 98 on Wednesday and tributes poured in for the superstar from all over the country, including the sports community. Dilip Kumar was admitted to Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital after he complained of breathlessness. “He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am,” Dr Jalil Parkar, who had been treating Dilip Kumar, told news agency PTI. Tributes poured in from the sports community with cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Azharuddin, and Harbhajan Singh among others posting their messages on social media.

“Born Mohammed Yusuf aka Dilip Kumar sahb .. He was one of the last surviving stars of the Hindi film industry’s 1940s-1960s “Golden Age”. May you rest in eternal peace Dilip sahib (11 December 1922 – 7 July 2021)” tweeted Harbhajan.

“Deeply anguished by the passing away of the legend of Indian cinema Dilip Kumar Ji. My heartfelt condolences,” Azharuddin tweeted.

Virender Sehwag quoted one of Dilip Kumar’s iconic dialogues to post his tribute to the legend.

“An extraordinary actor. A legend. A hero to many. RIP Dilip Kumar Sahab” tweeted Rajasthan Royals.

Dilip Kumar died in the early hours of Wednesday as posted by a family friend Faisal Farooqui on Dilip Kumar’s Twitter profile.

“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.  – Faisal Farooqui” read the tweet.

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