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Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a Delhi hotel late on Friday.
This comes just a day after her Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with the minister.
There was a PCR call at 7.30pm after which her body was found in a room at Leela Kempinski on Africa Avenue, the police said. They said she had checked into the hotel on Thursday.
Even as the shocking news spreads, Twitter is abuzz with celebs expressing their shock and sadness at the development. People are also speculating all sorts of reasons for the death.
Talking about the sudden death, Shobha De said, "To talk of her in the past tense is intensely painful and difficult. She personified life. She was a vibrant, beautiful and free spirit. She had the guts to live life on her own terms. She was a friend, I loved her deeply, and I hope and pray that the circumstances behind her tragic end will be thoroughly investigated." De was speaking on the sidelines of Jaipur Literary Festival, where Shashi Tharoor was scheduled to speak on Saturday.
Suhel Seth, festival advisor, said, "She was one of my dearest friend. I am devastated at what has happened. It's something that shouldn't happen to anyone. I was informed in the evening today that Shashi won't be coming for the event scheduled for him tomorrow as he wanted to spend time with his wife.
Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari tweeted: "What is going on! Horrible Sunanda Pushkar's body found in room in Delhi's Leela Hotel. Suicide suspected." (sic)
What is going on... Uffffff... Horrible :( "@ShivAroor: Sunanda Pushkar's body found in room in Delhi's Leela Hotel. Suicide suspected."— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) January 17, 2014
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also wrote, "Terrible terrible news coming in about Sunanda Tharoor."
Mehr Tarar: "I just woke up and read this. I'm absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don't know what to say. Rest in peace,Sunanda." (sic)
Raj Kundra: Rip #SunandaPushkar saddened by the untimely death. She was a good lady and didn't deserve to go like this. God bless her soul.
Dia Mirza: RIP #SunandaPushkar deeply shocked and saddened. Such an lively, wonderful, friendly lady. Heartfelt condolences @ShashiTharoor
Karan Johar: Absolutely Shocked to hear about Sunanda!!!....tragic to say the least....
Shilpa Shetty: Deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Sunandas demise. Loved her for her joie d'vivre and her positivity..May her soul rest in peace:(
Gul Panag: Shocking news about @sptvrock . May her soul be released of all the torment of the last few days. #RIP
Ameesha Patel: I'm just shocked n saddened by my friends Sunanda tharoors sudden death..what a lovely person she was
Sonu Nigam: I can't believe my dear friend Sunanda Pushkar has left us all. Am shattered. What a lovely soul. Zindadil Catastrophic news.
Madhu Kishwar: Spine chilling news: Sunanda Pushkar eliminated. Clearly, she knew too much Omar Abdullah: Terrible terrible news coming in about Sunanda Tharoor.
Rituparna Chatterjee: Mehr's last direct tweet to Sunanda Pushkar was "now get some rest. God Bless." Really, really sad.
Mehr's last direct tweet to Sunanda Pushkar was "now get some rest. God Bless." Really, really sad.— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) January 17, 2014
There were no visible injury marks and nothing to suggest poisoning either, said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner (law and order).
Tharoor had said on Thursday that they were happily married and intended to stay together in a joint statement.