New Delhi: The founder of Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray passed away this afternoon in Mumbai. His unfortunate demise is being mourned by celebrities all across the nation. Tweets are pouring in with peace messages to his soul. Since his health declined, many celebrities have already visited him at Matoshree.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoles the demise of Bal Thackeray. He also cancels scheduled dinner with opposition leaders.
Madhur Bhandarker: RIP Balasaaheb. He lived with great conviction in his believes, which led him to be a great leader. Wish strength to his family! Balasaaheb was outspoken & sharp observer. He will deeply be missed.
Rajdeep Sardesai: Tiger, Godfather, Mumbai icon, hero for many, villain for others. # Balasaheb Thackeray RIP.
Dia Mirza: RIP Bala Saheb. Let there be peace
Neha Dhupia: RIP BALASAHEB .... Strength to the family
Arvind Kejriwal: Balasaheb no more. May his soul Rest in Peace. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Ajay Devgn: A man of convictions and a man of vision. A great leader. Rest in peace Balasaheb!
Shobhaa De: Maharashtra's mighty Tiger roars no more. RIP,Balasaheb Thackeray
Ranvir Shorey: Tiger to the end. RIP, Balasaheb.
Riteish Deshmukh: Balasaheb was a Hero- people- Loved him, Copied him, Followed him
Narendra Modi: Full of life, Balasaheb Thackeray was an epitome of courage & valour. I am grieved to hear about his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj 3:30 baje, hindu hriday samrat, param adarniya Shri Balasaheb Thackeray hum logon ko chhodke anant mein vileen ho gaye. Yeh satya hai ki aaj Maharashtra anaath ho gaya. Unhone itne saalon se jo mahaan kaarya, aur Maharashtra ki sewa ki hai, aur Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ka naam Maharashtra mein zinda rakha, aisa kisi ne nahi kiya. Balasaheb ki pavitra aatma ko hum Mangeshkar koti-koti pranaam karte hain aur unki aatma ko Ishwar shanti de, yehi prarthana karte hain.
Kabir Bedi: My condolences to the entire family of Balasaheb Thackeray. Was always a major influence in the politics of Maharashtra. RIP Bal Thackeray.
Suhel Seth: One may have disagreed with Bal Thackeray's politics but you could never doubt either his nationalism or his zest for life!
Neil Nitin Mukesh: RIP ! Balasaheb
Shaan: Driving back home... A Gloomy, Lonely Evening...Mumbai.. Without her Most Loved Son... Balasaheb is Synonymous with Mumbai!! End of An Era..
Amitabh Bachchan: I sat by his bedside for hours these past few days, a prayer in my heart, watching him struggling to breathe, but fighting ...Each day he continued his struggle with a grit that was baffling even for the doctors on hand .... And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine ... that he has left us !
Anand Mahindra: Bal Thackeray was both revered & feared but never ignored. Maharashtra was his pride & passion.Citizens of this state will miss their champion
Arjun Rampal: RIP Balasaheb, condolences to his family. Peace be with you and all your loved ones.
Karan Johar: Notion of "outsider" in Mumbai, rights for sons of the soil marked politics of Shiv Sena.So did a no-holds-barred rhetoric.
Ram Gopal Verma: Can't ever forget the hug the real Sarkar gave me when he saw reel Sarkar...Bala saab was a true epitome of power in every sense of the word
Mahesh Bhatt: Our dead are never dead to us,until we have forgotten them.The memory of Bal Thackeray will live in the memory of we Mubaikars forever
R Madhavan: RIP BalaSaheb Bal Thackeray..The mighty Tiger bids farewell
Shahnawaz Hussain: The demise of Bal Thackeray is a loss for both Rashtra and Maharashtra. May his soul rest in peace.
Akshay Kumar: His demise has left a deep void in Indian politics,always admired him for his courage,The real Tiger.. May strength be with his family. RIP BalaSaheb Thackeray
Sushma Swaraj: Bala Saheb was as tall and as firm as the Himalayas
Anupam Kher: BalaSaheb was one of the very few leaders in today's times for whom Country came first. He did't play games to be popular. Spoke straight
Vivek Oberoi: "RIP Balasaheb --- The Roaring Tiger of Maharashtra! Our prayers are with the Thackeray family and the millions of followers."
Hrithik Roshan: Today when I visited Matoshree had a silent prayer in my heart and the prayer continues.God bless Balasaheb's soul. strength to the family & well wishers
Sachin Tendulkar: Really sad to hear about Balasaheb's demise. His contribution to Maharashtra was immense. It's a terrible loss and he will always be remembered and missed. Unfortunately I am in Ahmedabad as I would have liked to pay my last respects personally. My condolences to his family. May God rest his soul in peace
Harbhajan Singh: RIP to great bala saheb thackeray ji.you wil be missed.very sad to hear the news.condolence to the family.respect
Rohit Sharma: Roaring tiger of Mumbai-Maharashtra is no more..RIP balasaheb thackeray