Sushant Singh Rajput: Bollywood star found dead at home aged 34

Actor starred in a forthcoming Bollywood adaptation of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Roisin O'Connor
Sunday 14 June 2020 12:28
Sushant Singh Rajput gets shy in 2018 interview with Kedarnath co-star

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been found dead at his home in Bandra, Mumbai. He was 34.

Early reports indicate that his death was by suicide. Mumbai police confirmed the actor’s death and have opened an investigation, Variety reports.

In an official statement, 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.”

Rajput was a rising star in Bollywood, having made his debut in 2008 with the show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. He was then cast in another popular series, Pavitra Rishta, which earnt him a number of Best Actor awards at the Indian Television Academy Awards.

He made his film debut in 2013 with Kai Po Che!, a buddy movie produced by former Disney executives Ronnie Screwvala and Siddarth Roy Kapur.

At the time of his death, the official Bollywood remake of The Fault in Our Stars, titled Dil Bechara, was supposed to have been released. It was delayed due to cinemas being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rajput’s former talent manager, Disha Salian, died by suicide last week. Rajput had reportedly been suffering from depression due to this news.

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar tweeted: “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.”

Producer Screwvala tweeted: “What goes on in our mind to give up on life – one will never know – really shattering news – RIP @itsSSR – more than an actor – great memories of our recent Kedarnath & Sonchidiya…. full of energy – always respectful of everyone around him – in a Flash and then gone too soon.”

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