Vrushali Gokhale, the wife of veteran actor Vikram Gokhale, has refuted reports of her husband’s death. As per a new report, Vrushali said that Vikram ‘slipped into coma’ on Wednesday afternoon and is currently on ventilator. Vrushali also added that Vikram ‘has had a multi-organ failure’. (Also Read | Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale hospitalised in Pune in critical condition)
According to the report, Vrushali further added that Vikram has been in Pune’s Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital since November 5. In the early hours of Thursday, news of the actor’s death surfaced on social media following which several Bollywood celebrities including Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Aly Goni, Jaaved Jaafery among others, took to Twitter to express condolences.
Speaking with Times of India, Vrushali said, “He slipped into coma yesterday afternoon and post that, he has not responded to touch. He is on ventilator. Doctors will decide tomorrow morning what to do, depending on whether he’s improving, sinking or still not responding. He improved a bit but slipped again. He has had a host of issues, like in heart and kidney. At the moment, he has had a multi-organ failure.”
Dr Dhananjay Kelkar of Deenanth Mangeshkar Hospital said that his death rumours are ‘not true’, as reported by news agency ANI. Vikram’s daughter also told ANI, “He is still critical and on life support and has not passed yet. Keep praying for him.”
Vikram was last seen in Nikamma alongside Shilpa Shetty and Abhimanyu Dassani. The film hit the theatres in June this year. He made his film debut at the age of 26 in 1971 in Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Parwana. Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Gokhale has appeared in various Marathi and Bollywood films, including Agneepath, starring Amitabh Bachchan in 1990, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1999.
In 2010, he received the National Award for Best Actor for his work in the Marathi film Anumati. With the Marathi film Aaghaat, he also made his directorial debut. Other notable work of the actor includes Mission Mangal, Hichki, Aiyaari, Bang Bang, De Dana Dan, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa.