New Delhi [India], Apr 27 : The sports fraternity has come in unison to offer their condolences over the demise of veteran actor-politician Vinod Khanna, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 70.
The veteran actor was hospitalised and later discharged from HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum, Mumbai due to severe dehydration.
He was also reportedly battling cancer for years. In a condolence message, Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta tweeted, "The most handsome dashing actor of his time!! RIP #VinodKhanna U will be missed." Describing Vinod as `one of the most charismatic actors`, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said, "Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji.
Om Shanti !" Outpouring his emotions, renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said that he is deeply saddened over Vinod Khanna's demise, before adding that he would remember the actor's smile when they last met.
"Deeply saddened by the passing of Vinod Khanna. So many memories. From Mere Apne to now. Will remember his smile when we last met," Bhogle wrote. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif also expressed his grief over Vinod Khanna's death, tweeting, "Unbelievable loss.
Deepest condolences on the passing away of a wonderful man and such a jubilant being #VinodKhanna ji.RIP." Born on October 6, 1946 in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna in Peshawar, Vinod studied commerce at Mumbai's Sydenham College before moving into acting.
Khanna was married to Geetanjali between 1971 and 1985 and has two sons with her, Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna.
He married Kavita with whom he has two children, Sakshi and Shraddha. Vinod Khanna appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013 and also forayed into politics by joining the BJP.
He was Minister of State for Tourism and Culture in 2002..