Bollywood mourns death of young heartthrob
A young Bollywood swarm of women praised his portrayal of cricket star M.S. Dhoni on the canvas has died, police in Mumbai said on Sunday.
"The police found Sushant Singh Rajput's body in his apartment on Sunday afternoon," Mumbai police spokesman Pranaya Ashok told AFP and confirmed that the 34-year-old had committed suicide.
Rajput, known for his numerous hits on large and small screens, has reportedly been fighting depression.
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He died only a few days after the shock death of his former manager Disha Salian.
"It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us," said the Rajput management team in a statement.
"We ask his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life and work as they have done so far."
"I will miss him so much," Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan tweeted next to a selfie with Rajput. "His energy, enthusiasm and his full happy smile."
Co-star Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked and speechless".
"Such a talented actor ... may God give strength to his family."
Bollywood is still struggling to cope with the loss of two lights, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, in April.
In early June, Wajid Khan, one of the top composers of Bollywood dance songs, died at the age of 42, according to media reports, after being infected with the corona virus.
The famous filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away only a week ago. He was 90 years old.
Rajput was born in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar and finished his engineering studies to pursue a career as an actor and dancer.
He made his big break in Bollywood in 2013 with "Kai Po Che", a film about cricket, love and politics, which was recognized at the Berlin Film Festival.
His most recent films were the comedy drama "Chhichhore" and the action film "Drive", both of which were released last year.
Rajput told AFP about the emotional roller coaster ride in 2016, in which he filmed the biopic of Indian cricket hero Dhoni "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story", which retells the death of the ex-skipper's former girlfriend.
"It was very difficult because after the preparation I was in my head and everything that happened actually affected me," he said.
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