Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away on Thursday, August 10, after a three-year long battle with kidney and lung cancer. The news was first shared by filmmaker Ashwini Chaudhary on his Twitter handle: “Saddened at the passing away of Sitaram Panchal. Rest in peace Situ Bhai. You will be missed.”
Sitaram, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with Bandit Queen, was best known for his work in films like Peepli Live, Slumdog Millionaire, Jolly LLB 2 and Paan Singh Tomar. The 54-year-old has reportedly been suffering from kidney and lung cancer since 2014. He is not been working for the past 10 months owing to his ailing health and had been struggling to pay for his expensive treatment.
Recently, the actor’s health condition came to light after he asked for help in a Facebook post. “Bhaio, meri help karo meri cancer se halat kharab hoti ja rahi hai, apka kalakar bhai Sitaram Panchal,” he wrote.
Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) also appealed all to help the ailing late actor by posting a message on their Facebook wall. The post read: “It pains us to hear the suffering of our esteemed member Shri Sitaram Panchal. We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts.”
Our deepest condolences to the whole family of Actor Sitaram Panchal. May his soul rest in peace.-Pressks team