As the news of former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley's demise broke out, a string of Bollywood personalities including Lata Mangeshkar, Anil Kapoor, Karan Johar, Nimrat Kaur, Sunny Deol, Adnan Sami, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ajay Devgn, Asha Bhosle, Gul Panag, Raveena Tandon, Vivek Agnihotri, Farhan Akhtar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Neha Dhupia and several others took to social media to share condolences. Jaitley passed away on Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 66.
He had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness. His condition steadily deteriorated, and he was put on life support. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart underwent dialysis on Thursday. Here's what the celebrities tweeted:
#RIPArunJaitley ... the nation mourns a strong and assured leader today....thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones....
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 24, 2019
Deeply saddened by Arun Jaitleyji’s demise. Admired his dynamic vision for India; he was a leader I'm happy to have interacted with. My thoughts are with his family in their hour of grief. RIP Arunji
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) August 24, 2019
Deeply saddened by the sad demise of Arun Jaitley ji.
A dynamic leader, a thorough gentleman and our former Finance Minister. Very kindly, he had come over to meet me and we spoke for a long time. Will cherish those memories. Heartfelt condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/DIhrkgnKms
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 24, 2019
Met Shri #ArunJaitley Ji almost 20 years back for the first time & have been his admirer ever since.
His demise is a huge loss for our nation.
Will be truly missed.
My heartfelt condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/XsBXwQnpj0
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 24, 2019
#ripArunJaitley thank u for everything u will be missed sir. Condolences to the family
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) August 24, 2019
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) August 24, 2019
Rest in peace #ArunJaitley. Your demise has left a void in the country. My prayers are with the family and loved ones.
— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) August 24, 2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 24, 2019
Deeply saddened and shocked to hear the demise of #ArunJaitley sir. We have lost one of the prominent leaders today. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 24, 2019
#RIPArunJaitley .. deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the respected parliamentarian & lawyer .. prayers with the family
— Tisca Chopra (@tiscatime) August 24, 2019
Saddened to learn the news of Arun Jaitley ji’s passing away. He was a very kind soul.
Rest in Peace. #ArunJaitley
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) August 24, 2019
Deepest condolences and heartfelt grief on the passing of Arun Jaitley ji. Never had the opportunity to meet him but always felt great fortune in sharing the same college as him. His contributions and remarkable legacy remain exemplary for generations to come. #RIPArunJaitley
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) August 24, 2019
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 24, 2019
Very sorry to hear about Mr. Arun Jaitley. Condolences to his family.
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) August 24, 2019
Saddened to hear about #ArunJaitley .
Always looked up to him for his eloquence. And the manner in which he articulated his point of view and his mastery of all things legal.
A loss for the country. May the Almighty give his family strength to bear this untimely loss
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 24, 2019
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 24, 2019
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing away of #shriarunjaitley ji. May god give strength to his family to bear the irreplaceable loss. A good man gone too soon.
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) August 24, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of #ArunJaitley ji. This is a great loss to the BJP and India. He was one of the stalwart and charismatic leader. My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends. #OmShanti
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) August 24, 2019
Deepest condolences to @arunjaitley ji’s family. RIP.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 24, 2019
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) August 24, 2019
In a brief statement, the hospital said Arun Jaitley died at 12.07 pm. "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley... Shri Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors," said AIIMS in a statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in UAE also expressed his profound grief on the passing of Jaitley and called him a "political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary." President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his deepest grief at the passing of Jaitley. Home Minister Amit Shah termed it “a personal loss.”