MUMBAI: Krishnaraj Rai, father of actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, passed away here on Saturday after a prolonged illness.
Aishwarya’s spokesperson, who confirmed the news, said Aishwarya’s father passed away at Lilavati hospital at around 4pm on Saturday.
Rai, who was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra a few weeks ago was shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital recently. He suffered from malignant lymphoma and was critical for the past few days. He was hospitalised earlier in January as well, because of which Aishwarya and Abhishek cut short their New Years holiday and rushed back to Mumbai, hospital sources said.
Krishnaraj Rai is survived by his wife Vrinda, daughter Aishwarya and son Aditya. The actress was very close to her father and he was very fond of his granddaughter Aaradhya, with whom he was spotted several times.
The Rais are originally from Mangalore and later moved to Mumbai.