Bollywood actress Jiah Khan of Nishabd fame was found hanging from the ceiling at her Juhu residence on late Monday night. The Mumbai Police said that it is suspected that the actor committed suicide although it is not clear yet as to why she took the drastic step.
"After the police control received a call around 12 am, a mobile police van was rushed to the spot. She was found in an unconscious state and was rushed to Cooper hospital where she was declared dead on arrival," said an official from the Juhu police.
The official added that the reason for her drastic step is being probed and that no suicide note was found on her person or in the apartment at Sagar Sangeet building in Vile Parle (west) where she lived with her mother and sister. Her mother and sister had briefly left the residence when Khan allegedly committed suicide by making a noose from a dupatta and hanging herself from the ceiling.
"Her body was sent for a post mortem at Cooper hospital and will be subsequently handed over to her family for the performance of her last rites," said the official.
Sources said that the actress, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, had recently returned from Hyderabad and committed suicide soon after her return. However, the police are yet to corroborate this.
The police were interviewing her neighbours, an officer said, adding that no suicide note was found.
"We suspect she hung herself at her home late on Monday," the official told AFP.
"As of now, we have recorded an accidental death. We are investigating further," said the official.
File Photo: Jiah Khan in happier times
Actor Dia Mirza reportedly broke the news of Jiah's death on micro blogging site Twitter.
Jiah made her acting debut in Ram Gopal Varma's controversial movie, Nishabd, where she acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Upon its release in March 2007, the film received mixed reviews, but Jiah was noted for her confidence, attitude, and sex appeal. She also got a Filmfare Best Debutant Nomination.
She then appeared alongside Aamir Khan in A R Murugadoss's Ghajini, the Hindi remake of the director's own Tamil film of the same name. Later she appeared as a supporting actress in Sajid Khan's multi starrer comedy film Housefull (2010). This was her last film.
Jiah was brought up in England and had shifted to Mumbai recently to act in Hindi films. The 25-year-old actress was dating yesteryear star Aditya Panscholi's son Suraj and had allegedly been auditioning for several roles in films.
(With inputs from AFP)