Veteran actor Arun Bali, who is best known for his work on the hit television show 'Swabhimaan' and the 2009 coming-of-age comedy drama blockbuster hit film 3 Idiots, passed away today (October 7) morning at his residence in suburban Mumbai at the age of 79.  

Bali's son Ankush said that his father was suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, a chronic autoimmune and neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles that worsens after periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. These muscles are responsible for functions involving breathing and moving parts of the body, including the arms and legs. Due to this, he was admitted to the hospital early this year.

Ankush said his father was responding well to the treatment but passed away at around 4.30 am. He said, "My father left us. He was suffering from Myasthenia Gravis. He had mood swings for two-three days. He told the caretaker he wanted to go to the washroom and after coming out he told him he wanted to sit down and he never got up then".

Arun Bali made his acting debut with noted filmmaker Lekh Tandon's television show 'Doosra Keval' as the uncle of the Bollywood Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan. He later went on to work in other television shows such as the period drama 'Chanakya', 'Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand', 'Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan', and 'P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke'.

He has also worked on countless movies as well. Some of his most popular films include 'Saugandh', 'Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman', 'Khalnayak', 'Satya', 'Hey Ram', 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', '3 Idiots', 'Ready', 'Barfi', 'Manmarziyaan', 'Kedarnath', 'Samrat Prithviraj', and the recently released 'Laal Singh Chaddha'.

The last film he will be seen in is Vikas Bahl's upcoming family comedy drama 'Goodbye' which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The film hit the screens earlier today and opened to mixed reviews.