The legendary actor had been suffering from ill-health for quite some time and was unable to travel to Delhi to receive the Dadasaheb
Palke Award in May. He began his career in Punjabi films but came into national limelight as a villain in films like Ziddi, Madhumati, Ram
and Shyaam and Upkar . In 2010, he was named in the list of CNN's top 25 Asian actors of all time. He is survived by three children.
The official press note from the hospital reads "Pran aka Pran Nath Sikand was admitted to Lilawati Hospital after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on May 30. According to doctors treating him in Lilavati hospital, he has been in and out of the hospital for respiratory problem. The doctors said he had many illnesses which included extensive pneumonia, chronic kidney diseases, Parkinson, COPD and sepsis. He was on ventilator and passed away around 8.30 pm today."