British Indian actor, who acted in Casino Royale, killed himself over bankruptcy

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
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  • Updated: Nov 15, 2013 22:46 IST

Paul Bhattacharjee, the Indian-origin actor who acted in the James Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ and popular British television series ‘Eastenders’, committed suicide on 12 July in east Sussex after he was declared bankrupt.

In a statement in the Eastbourne Magistrates Court today, his partner, Emma McKie, said Bhattacharjee, 53, had a “darkness inside him that was irreparable”. The east Sussex coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

McKie said in the statement that he was a "protective man and he couldn't have handled the bankruptcy becoming public knowledge. He would not have wanted to let me down or hurt me or his friends. The bankruptcy was the final straw after a life of major highs and lows."

Only July 10, Bhattacharjee was last seen leaving the Royal Court Theatre in London's Sloane Square . A post-mortem examination after his body was found on 12 July noted that he died from multiple injuries.

McKie told the inquest: "I do believe that Paul would take his own life. I knew about his past and the pain inside him, and I could see it in his eyes."

Coroner Alan Craze said he received an anonymous letter that said Bhattacharjee's death was deliberate and linked "wholly and entirely to his bankruptcy".

He told the court: "There isn't scope at all in this case and therefore the conclusion of this inquest will be that Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed. He was extremely depressed at the time. This was a huge tragedy for a lot of people."


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