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Priyanka Chopra's assistant dies in US, family seeks help

Bollywood Hungama  Mumbai, April 16, 2013
First Published: 13:26 IST(16/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:19 IST(16/4/2013)
Recently, Priyanka Chopra was on tour of the US and Canada. However, once the US leg of the tour was over and while the rest of the entourage moved to neighbouring Canada, one of the crew members Jiban Patra, failed to get the required visa and stayed back in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, on April 7, the 41 year old Jiban was found dead in his Beverly Hills hotel room.
Priyanka Chopra's crew member Jiban Patra (Pic Courtesy: Odishareporter.in)


But ever since his corpse was uncovered, it has been languishing at the mortuary.

Though the Los Angeles Police Department, which is investigating the case, has registered a case of unnatural death and an initial inquest has pegged the immediate cause of death as heart attack. Despite the investigation being underway, the police department issued a clearance for the body to be brought back to India; however the process is caught in a so-called logistical muddle.

PriyankaApparently the obstacle being faced is the transporting of the body which is pegged with a cost of approximately $15,000. Though sources state that Priyanka's team is in contact with the Indian Embassy to try and work out a solution. On the other hand, the Oriya community (Jiban is from Orissa) in the US has initiated a parallel dialogue with the Embassy and instituted a fund in his name to expedite the passage.

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Jiban, who hails from Orissa, has two kids and a wife back in Mumbai and was the only earning member of the family.

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