Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After a successful treatment for over a year, Rishi Kapoor returned to India on 26 September 2019. Rishi Kapoor was admitted to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on 29 April 2020 after he had breathing difficulty. He died on 30 April 2020 from complications due to bone marrow cancer.
Early life and family
Rishi Kapoor was born Rishi Raj Kapoor, in Chembur, Bombay, in a Punjabi Hindu family. He was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor. He was the grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, maternal uncles, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Narendra Nath and Prem Chopra, and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, were all actors.
Rishi Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh, who he had worked with in several films, in 1980. The couple had two children— son, actor Ranbir Kapoor, and daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.
Rishi Kapoor was working in the film industry since 1955. He won a national film award for best child artist for the film Mera Naam Joker (1970) and also many filmfare awards for the best actor.