Noted Assamese actor Biju Phukan no more

Noted Assamese actor Biju Phukan is no more. Phukan was admitted at Guwahati’s Apollo hospital at around 4:30pm on Wednesday.

An official Apollo Hospital release at 5:30pm said that the noted actor was sick from last 2-3 days and was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. “He was presented to our emergency department with cardiac arrest,” the release stated.

“I am at loss of words. I can’t say what I am going through now. May he rest in peace,” said noted filmmaker Munin Barua, speaking to a local television channel.

The Apollo Hospital (Unit: International Hospital) release stated that Phukan had a history of coronary artery disease, past stroke, diabetes and kidney problems.

Biju Phukan, born in Dibrugarh, was a noted an Assamese actor who acted in more than 80 films in a career spanning more than 40 years.

He started his film journey with Brajen Barua’s 1970 film Dr Bezbaruah. Speaking about his first film, Phukan had said: “When the film was released… I appeared only in a song sequence and became the laughing stock.”

Biju Phukan had a short stint in Bengali films as well. He acted in four Bengali films – Hotel Showfox, Aparajita, Doishyu Ratnakar and Gajamukta.

Condolence messages poured in as the news of the noted actor’s death reached the masses.

The Assam Chief Minister’s Office informed the media that the last rites will be performed with state honours at Navagraha on Thursday.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi condoled the death of the popular actor. In a statement, Mukhi said, “I am deeply saddened by his death who hugely contributed to popularise Assamese cinema. With his death a void will be created which will be hard to be filled. I extend my condolences to the bereaved family and his fans. May his soul rest in peace.”

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