Indian TV and movie star Siddharth Shukla, 40, dies ‘of a heart attack’
- Doctor from Cooper Hospital in Mumbai said he was dead on arrival on Thursday
- Early reports say he died of a heart attack. Hospital has not confirmed cause
- A torrent of tributes from his friends and colleagues quickly reached social media
- Shukla has starred in Bollywood movies and starred in some popular TV shows
Popular Indian TV and movie star Siddharth Shukla has died at the age of 40 from a suspected heart attack.
Citing a doctor from Cooper Hospital in Mumbai, the BBC said: that Mr. Shukla was already dead when he was brought in on Thursday.
The doctor told the broadcaster that the cause of death was not clear at this time, but Indian media reported that he had died of a heart attack.
Popular Indian TV and movie star Siddharth Shukla (pictured winning reality TV show ‘BigBoss’ in 2020, file photo) has died of a heart attack at age 40, it has been reported
“He was taken to hospital dead some time ago,” a senior official at Cooper Hospital told Indian news channel PTI.
“The first report indicates that he died of a heart attack. However, we cannot confirm the cause of death until we complete the autopsy,” the Hindustan Times reported, citing a senior doctor from the hospital’s forensics department.
Shukla had starred in Bollywood movies and starred in a number of popular TV shows.
“This has completely shocked the television industry,” Rohit Khilnani, NDTV Entertainment’s group editor, told the station in response to the news.
“The film industry, the entire entertainment industry is shocked that a young actor like Sidharth Shukla who was fit – very active, working non-stop – what exactly happened? What led to the heart attack? Absolutely shocking and tragic news.’
A torrent of tributes from his friends and colleagues from the television industry hit social media shortly after the news broke. Many expressed their sadness and shock that the actor had passed away at such a young age.
One person wrote: ‘Shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of television and film actor #SidharthShukla Sincere condolences to his family, friends and admirers.’
Another added: ‘I heard about #SidharthShukla please god that was shocking, that’s quite unbelievable, but may his soul rest in peace.’
Fellow actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote: ‘This is so shocking!!! Words fail to describe the shock and feeling of loss of his near and dear ones!!! May he rest in peace!!!’
A torrent of tributes from his friends and colleagues from the television industry hit social media shortly after the news broke. Many expressed their sadness and shock that the actor had passed away at such a young age
He made his television debut in Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na, in 2008, before appearing in a number of other shows.
He made his film debut in 2014 with the Bollywood film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, which proved successful and brought him greater fame.
In 2019, he won the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss, based on Big Brother, and won another reality TV show Khataron ke Khiladi – based on the American series ‘Fear Factor’.
He then presented his own shoes, including India’s Got Talent.