Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away in New Delhi on Thursday (August 16) evening after a prolonged illness. The 93-year-old was on life support system and had been undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the last nine weeks.
From the moment the news broke, the entire country went into mourning. Celebrities have taken to their social media accounts to pay last respects to the departed BJP leader. From Shah Rukh Khan to Anil Kapoor, several celebs expressed their grief.
Shah Rukh Khan
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 16, 2018
Today, our country lost a visionary leader & I lost one of my childhood idols…The passing of #AtalBihariVajpayeeji is even more saddening in light of all that he inspired & accomplished in his time with us. My deepest respect & condolences to his family… pic.twitter.com/fRSgp7ZvkH
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 16, 2018
Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise (cont) https://t.co/1w1sEjs1eB
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 16, 2018
Indeed a big loss for our country as we pay our last tribute to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. He was a close family friend and his legacy will forever be remembered. Thank you for your selfless service, sir! My heartfelt condolence to everyone.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 16, 2018
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 16, 2018
RIP #AtalBihariVaajpayeeJi .. you will be remembered as one of India’s greatest leaders, as an exemplary statesman, as a tour de force for peace and unity and most of all as a genuine, warm, approachable human being.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 16, 2018
“Let no one challenge India’s secularism.” – Atal Bihari Vajpayee #Salute #Respect
Growing up in India in the 1980’s and 90’s one can never forget what a deep impact #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji made on us… he was a great statesman and leader. #RIP
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 16, 2018
Many years ago Atalji had mentioned balaji in a positive way in one of his speeches my grandmom read it n hugged me for ten minutes ! That’s d love they had for their leader! Today I feel a sense of loss ! We will miss u ATALJI #RIPAtalJi
— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) August 16, 2018