Veteran actor, Arun Bali passes away at 79 after battling a rare autoimmune disorder, Myasthenia Gravis

▴ Veteran actor, Arun Bali passes away at 79 after battling a rare autoimmune disorder, Myasthenia Gravis
A famous face of TV shows and films, actor Arun Bali has passed away today in the wee hours after battling a rare autoimmune disease. He was 79 and breathed his last in Mumbai.

The veteran actor Arun Bali was sick for a long time and was admitted to the hospital. He was suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis. The devastating news has left the entertainment industry mourning. He was a part of some big films like Om Jai Jagdish, Barfi, 3 Idiots, and Airlift. He marked his name to every household in the country through his TV show Kumkum with his memorable performances. 

Arun Bali was born in Lahore, Pakistan on December 23, 1942. He was a part of Rashmika Mandanna and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Goodbye. He also appeared in Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chillar’s Samrat Prithviraj and Kareena Kapoor-Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha.

He was undertaking treatment for the autoimmune disorder. Myasthenia Gravis is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. Though it can affect people of any age, it’s more common in women under 40 and men older than 60. This happens when communication between nerves and muscles breakdown due to certain deficiencies in chemicals. 

In myasthenia gravis, the body’s immune system produces antibodies that block or destroy many of the muscles receptor sites for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. With fewer receptor sites available, muscles receive fewer nerve signals resulting in weakness.

If children are born with a rare, hereditary form of myasthenia gravis called a congenital myasthenic syndrome. 


  • Double vision 
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Difficulty in speaking, chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty in flexing or extending their head up
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Breathing difficulties

People who are at increased risk

  • People have a family history
  • People with a rare distant form of cancer inside the body as a paraneoplastic process (thymic hyperplasia or thymoma)

Factors that can worsen Myasthenia Gravis

  • Fatigue
  • Illness or infection
  • Stress
  • Surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual periods
  • Certain medications - beta blockers, quinidine gluconate, quinidine sulphate, phenytoin, certain anaesthetics and some antibiotics

May his soul rest in peace. Team Medicircle offers condolences to the actor's family and dear ones. 

Tags : #ArunBali #Autoimmunedisorder #MyastheniaGravis #Muscledisorder #Medicircle #Smitakumar

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Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

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