Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh/Mumbai, June 16
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his Bandra apartment on Sunday, police said. He was 34.
Reportedly, Sushant was suffering from depression for the last few months. He was under medication for the same.
Rajput's last big-screen release was Rajkumar Hirani's “Chhichhore”.
“He has committed suicide at his residence in Bandra. Our team is there,” Manoj Sharma, additional commissioner of police, Western Region, told PTI.
Sources from the Bandra Police said on the basis of primary information, a case of accidental death report will be registered. No suicide note was found from the spot, they said.
Rajput hailed from Bihar and was educated in Patna and New Delhi, before shifting to Mumbai.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned Rajput's death, remembering him as a "bright young actor".
In an official statement, Sushant Singh Rajput's team said: "It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far. We request media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief."
His ex-manager, 28-year-old Disha Salian, ended her life by jumping from a high rise building on June 9.
Last week, the actor mourned Salian's death and called it "devastating news".
"It's such devastating news. My deepest condolences to Disha's family and friends. May your soul rest in peace," he had written on his Instagram stories.
In his last post on Instagram, the actor shared a short poem with a picture of him juxtaposed with that of his mother.
An engineering dropout, Rajput was inclined towards dancing when he was a student at Delhi Technological University. He soon enrolled in choreographer Shiamak Davar's dance classes and later joined acting guru Barry John's classes.
He also performed as a background dancer in the song "Dhoom again" with Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the 2006 film "Dhoom 2".
But it was the small screen that gave the "outsider" his breakout role as the coy and mild-mannered Manav in soap opera “Pavitra Rishta”, which ran from 2009-11, and was produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Two years later, he made his foray into films with “Kai Po Che!” in 2013.
He has starred in movies such as “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “Raabta”, “Kedarnath” and “Sonchiriya” but his most prominent role came as cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni's in the 2007 biopic, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”.
In his last screen appearance, "Chhichhore", Rajput played the role of a father who conveys the message of hope and affirmation to his son after he attempts suicide.
"Chhichhore" director Tiwari said he had spoken to Rajput last week.
"I had to call people to confirm. It's so shocking and unfortunately true. I am at a loss for words. I spoke to him last week over messages. We would text each other on and off. Now this is what I get to hear. He was like a younger brother to me," Tiwari told PTI. — PTI
He loved me so much...I will miss him so much. His energy, enthusiasm and his full happy smile. May Allah bless his soul and my condolences to his near and dear ones. This is extremely sad....and so shocking!! pic.twitter.com/skIhYEQxeO— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 14, 2020
I’m deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the suicide of #SushantSinghRajput my heart goes out for his family— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 14, 2020
Shocking!!!!!!! Broken!! Devastating!!!!!!!! #SushantSinghRajput No boy!! No!! 💔💔— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) June 14, 2020
Shocking! Rest in Peace #SushantSinghRajput.. condolences to his loved ones.. gutted by this news.— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) June 14, 2020
Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless...I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor...may God give strength to his family 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2020
Cant believe this news ... Can’t believe what’s happening... why did he have to do this ... ??? Shaking and sinking ...— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) June 14, 2020
Shocked beyond words !!!! #SushantSinghRajput no more .... deeply saddened!!— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 14, 2020
मेरे प्यारे सुशांत सिंह राजपूत....आख़िर क्यों?....क्यों? 💔— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 14, 2020
Absolutely stunned by Sushant’s death..!! This is so so sad. Heart goes out to his family.. their grief must be beyond measure. Deepest condolences.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 14, 2020
Shocked..Heartbroken...Bhai..no words...wish this was not true 💔— sonu sood (@SonuSood) June 14, 2020
Just heard the shocking news about @itsSSR. My deepest condolences to his family. May god give them strength. I still find it hard to absorb.— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 14, 2020
Shocked and sad to hear about the loss of Sushant Singh Rajput.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 14, 2020
Such a young and talented actor. My condolences to his family and friends. May his soul RIP. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/B5zzfE71u9
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