MUMBAI: Bollywood film producer Boney Kapoor, on Wednesday expressed his heartfelt thanks to all fans and well-wishers after his actor wife Sridevi's death in Dubai said his only concern at this time is to protect their two daughters.
He said he looks forward to move on in life with daughters Janhvi and Khushi without "the axis" of their family.
In a media statement here, Kapoor said, "My only concern at this time is to protect my daughters and find a way to move forward without Sri. She was our life, our strength and the reason we always smiled. We love her beyond measure."
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The Padma Sri awardee passed away on Saturday night in Dubai and her cremation was held on Wednesday with state honour in Mumbai.
"She was my love, my friend, mother to our girls, my partner. To our daughter, she was everything in their life. She was the axis around which our family ran."
Expressing his gratitude to all for supporting him in this hour of grief, including his family members, Boney Kapoor said, "I am blessed to have the support and love from (son) Arjun and (daughter) Anshula, who have been such pillars of strength for myself, Khushi and Janhvi. Together, as a family, we have tried to face this unbearable loss."
"Our lives will never be the same again," he concluded.
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After the last rites of the legendary actor were completed on Wednesday, the Kapoor, Ayyappan and Marwah family also released an emotional statement thanking all her fans for their support and urged the media to respect their privacy and let them grieve in peace.
Thousands of people joined film stars and celebrities to bid adieu to the first lady superstar of India, who was cremated with state honours amid outpouring of grief by her fans.
In a media statement, Kapoor, Marwah and her Ayyaapan family appreciated the support and love they received from her many colleagues and innumerable fans, her caring friends and loving family from across the country and the world.
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Remembering Sridevi's undeniable talent, unmatched beauty and her legendary ability to connect with the audience, they said, "This outpouring of love is the memory that we would like Khushi and Janhvi to have of their mother, a woman who was loved unquestionably by everyone."
The statement continued, "To the members of the media, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family and allow us the space to grieve. Sri lived her life with dignity and we implore that you give her the same respect."
Sridevi passed away following accidental drowning in Dubai on February 24, 2018.
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