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Akshay Kumar: 'I hope everyone can say a prayer for Rajesh Khanna'

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Akshay Kumar has officially announced the death of his father-in-law, legendary actor Rajesh Khanna.

Khanna died at his Mumbai residence today (July 18). The 69-year-old, who had been admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, is reported to have been battling cancer.

Speaking to the press, Kumar said: "I have come to inform you that my father-in-law Rajesh Khanna is no more with us. I hope everyone can say a little prayer for my father-in-law."

Khanna's health started deteriorating in April this year when the actor stopped taking food and complained of exhaustion and weakness.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to the legendary actor, saying: "I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and countless fans and admirers of Shri Rajesh Khanna."

Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed her "deep sorrow and grief" on the demise of Khanna.

The actor is survived by his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and two daughters Twinkle and Rinke.

The actor will be cremated at 11.30 am tomorrow (July 19).

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