Pradeep Kumar suicide: These stars too took their lives in their prime

regional movies Updated: May 03, 2017 20:11 IST
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Hindustan Times
Sai Prashanth,Uday Kiran,Silk Smitha

Pradeep Kumar was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Hyderabad home by his wife and a friend.

Pradeep Kumar, 29-year-old Telugu TV artist’s alleged suicide again brought to the fore the darker side of celeb life. Kumar’s wife and one of his friends saw him hanging from a ceiling fan on Tuesday night, police said

Here’s a list of other famous faces who committed suicide while their career was going places.

Bitasta Saha. Feb 8, 2017

Bengali actor Bitasha Saha, 28, was found hanging in her Kolkata apartment on February 8, 2017. Her family lodged a police complaint naming an income tax officer, who was allegedly in a relationship with her.

Puja Aich, July 11, 2016

Bengali Tollywood actor, Puja Aich allegedly attempted suicide by setting herself alight in Kolkata. She succumbed to her burn injuries at a hospital.

Pratyusha Banerjee, April 1 2016

Television actor Pratyusha Banerjee, known for her role in popular TV series Balika Vadhu, committed suicide. The 24-year-old was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house in Mumbai’s Goregaon.

Sai Prashanth, March 15, 2016

Tamil TV actor Sai Prashanth, known for his performances in films such as Thegidi, Vadacurry, Neram and Mundhinam Paartheney, committed suicide late in March at his home in Virugambakkam in Chennai. According to police, the actor mentioned in the suicide note that he was taking the extreme step as he was depressed. Police recovered a suicide note, which said Prashant was depressed.

Uday Kiran, Jan 9, 2014

Apparently depressed over not getting films, Telugu actor Uday Kiran committed suicide by hanging himself in 2014. Kiran, 33, was survived by his wife Vishita.

Silk Smitha, Sep 23, 1996

South Indian cinema’s sex siren Silk Smitha committed suicide on September 23, 1996 at her Chennai apartment. Silk had acted in over 400 films. She was also seen in Kamal Haasan-Sridevi-starrer Hindi film Sadma. A fictionalised film on her life was made with Vidya Balan in the lead.

Divya Bharti , April 5, 1993

Bollywood actor Divya Bharti jumped to death from her home on the fifth storey of an apartment building on April 5, 1993. She was only 19 at the time. Beginning her career with Telugu film Bobbilli Raja in 1990, she bagged Best Female Debut Filmfare award for Deewana in 1992. In her short-lived life in the film industry, she worked in around 14 movies. She was married to producer Sajid Nadiadwala.

Jiah Khan , June 3, 2013

The death of Jiah Khan sparked a controversy with the actor’s mother accusing Sooraj Pancholi of abetting the suicide. She was found dead in her apartment on June 3, 2013. Jiah was seen in Nishabd with Amitabh Bachchan, among other films. She was said to be depressed over her career and relationship status.

Nafisa Joseph, July, 29 2014

Former Miss India Nafisa Joseph committed suicide in her Mumbai flat in July 2004.

She was 25. Nafisa was reportedly suffering from depression. A popular VJ on a music channel, Nafisa also worked as a model. Her parents alleged that she was depressed as her wedding was called off after she found out that her fiancé was still married. He had reportedly told her that he was divorced.

Kuljeet Randhawa , Feb 8, 2006

Actor-model Kuljeet Randhawa was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in February 2006. She had left behind a suicide note addressed to co-actor Bhanu Uday in which she said no one was responsible for her death. The former Gladrags model had everything going for her in her professional life. The actor was part of TV series such as CATS, Special Squad and Kohinoor. However, friends said that she had been unlucky in love.

First Published: Mar 14, 2016 13:53 IST