Veteran Bollywood producer Anil Suri, died due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, 4 June 2020. He was 77. Suri was rushed to the Lilavati and Hinduja hospitals in Mumbai after developing a fever on 2 June, but was denied a bed at both hospitals, informed his brother Rajiv Suri.
PTI quoted Rajiv as saying, "He was then taken to Advanced Multispecialty Hospital on Wednesday night. He had COVID-19. On Thursday evening, they said something is amiss and he was put on a ventilator. He died around 7:00 pm."
Anil Suri's final rites were held at the Oshiwara cremation ground on the morning of 5 June. The funeral was attended by four family members, who wore Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Anil Suri had produced films like the 1978 film Karmayogi, starring Raaj Kumar, Jeetendra and Rekha, and the 1984 film Raaj Tilak, which featured a stellar cast including Hema Malini, Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Reena Roy, Sarika and Kamal Haasan.
Rajiv Suri said that it was heartbreaking to lose both his brother and his favourite director on the same day, referring to the death of veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee on 4 June.
Anil Suri is survived by his wife and two children. May his soul rest in peace.
Recently, Bollywood music composer Wajid Khan, of the Sajid-Wajid duo, also passed away due to Coronavirus and kidney ailment.