Krishnaraj Rai, an army biologist and father of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, died at Leelawati Hospital on saturday.
He was admitted in the hospital two weeks before and was suffering from recurrence of cancer, leading to complications. Aishwarya cut short her trip to Dubai as soon as her father was admitted to a hospital in suburban Mumbai. Abhishek Bachchan also rushed back from New York to be by his father-in-law's side.
Krishnaraj Rai had faced similar health problems in January this year when he was admitted to the same hospital. He is survived by wife Vrinda, son Aditya and daughter Aishwarya.
He kept away from Bollywood though his daughter emerged as reigning princess of Bollywood and got married to Bachchans' family.
Many Bollywood celebrities came to pay their last respects to Aishwarya's father. Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sujoy Ghosh, Ashutosh Gowariker, Manish Malhotra, Sophie Choudry, Simi Garewal, Sonali Bendre and Kunal Kapoor with his wife Naina Bachchan were by the family's side in their hour of grief. Amitabh's close friend Anil Ambani too paid a visit to offer his condolences.
The funeral took place around 8.30 pm at Vile Parle Seva Sansthan Shamshan Bhoomi where Aishwarya's father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan also offered prayers.
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