Following days of speculation about Irrfan Khan’s health, the actor has issued a statement revealing that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour.

“The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about,” the 51-year-old actor said. “Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope.”

Khan added that he will be travelling out of India for his treatment. His most recent movie, Blackmail. directed by Abhinay Deo and co-starring Kirti Kulhari and Abhinay Deo, will be released on April 6.