Famed Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor died Sunday morning in Mumbai, India from kidney failure at the age of 79. According to his doctor, Kapoor was in critical condition for two days before his death and undergoing dialysis.
One of the ‘head haunchos’ of the famous Kapoor family, Shammi worked in Bollywood films for over five decades, bringing home a host of awards for his work. He starred in blockbuster hits as “Junglee“,”Teesri Manzil“, and “Andaz,” the last of which marked the end of his iconic romantic roles.
A heart throb in his day (often called the Indian Elvis Presley), Shammi was also known for his big heart, lighthearted nature, and devotion to spreading the skill of Internet usage in India when it was a rare commodity. He was founder and chairman of the Internet Users Community of India.
Shammi is survived by his wife, son, and daughter in his immediate family. In Bollywood, however, he leaves behind many who considered him a special addition to their own families.
His death sparked a host of Tweets from his friends, family, and fans – all praying for his soul and mourning their loss of the unforgettable man. This is what many in Bollywood are saying:
iHrithik (Hrithik Roshan): “Legends like Shammi Kapoor do not die. He lives, inside us, around us. A journey such as his should be rejoiced, not mourned. Of course we’ll miss his physical presence terribly, but his magic lives on, within you and me. And I will make sure my sons know the SUPERSTAR their dad admired and loved the most. Thank [you] Shammi Uncle, nd for [you] I don’t want to say R.I.P, but rather D.I.H …dancing in heaven now. I love you.”
akshaykumar (Akshay Kumar): “Live wire, flamboyant, legend are synonymous with Shammi Kapoor, the man who made me scream ‘Yahoo’ everytime I saw him onscreen,you will be missed sir, RIP”
realpreityzinta (Preity Zinta): “2 my all time favourite Shammi Kapoor, my childhood crush & my reason to ‘Yahoo’…May ur soul rest in peace! U will live in [our] hearts FOREVER!”
AnupamPkher (Anupam Kher): “Shammi Kapoor ji was one of [the] 1st youth icons from cinema. He liberated actors from stereotypes. Will miss his STYLE and SUBSTANCE.”
deespeak (Dia Mirza): “The happiest, caring, kind and considerate man…You leave with us memories that are precious. RIP Shammi Kapoor. Love you forever.
kjohar25 (Karan Johar): “One of the finest and strongest men I knew…we will truly miss you Shammi Uncle…RIP”
SrBachchan (Amithabh Bachchan): “Shammi Kapoor ji…an entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring love to all…Now suddenly silent. Spent the entire day by the side of a man who was the picture of motion and exuberance .. now lying still among flowers and prayer!”
deepicapadukone (Deepika Padukone): “He was an inspiration not just for his style and the films he did, but also his attitude towards life…we will miss you Shammi uncle.”
Watch below for one of Shammi Kapoor’s most well-known musical numbers, that has many in the world still exclaiming, “Yahoo!”