Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away on Thursday morning after a three-year long battle with kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.
Sharing the news with indianexpress.com, a relative said, “Sitaram Panchal passed away this morning. He had breathing difficulties. He was not keeping well for a long time.”
Sitaram, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with Bandit Queen, was best known for his work in films like Peepli Live, Pan Singh Tomar, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Slumdog Millionaire.
It was only yesterday that the 54-year-old actor celebrated his twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. His son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal had even shared a picture on Facebook.
Sitaram Panchal, who was bed ridden for almost a year, had recently taken to his Facebook account asking for monetary help in order to afford proper treatment for kidney and lung cancer. He wrote, “Brothers, please help me, I am suffering from cancer, your actor brother, Sitaram Panchal.”
Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) also appealed all to help the ailing late actor by posting a message on their Facebook wall. The post read: “It pains us to hear the suffering of our esteemed member Shri Sitaram Panchal. We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts.”
A few Bollywood personalities had also come forth to extend help to the 54-year-old National School of Drama graduate.
More details awaited.