Raghu Ram pens emotional note for ‘sweet, troubled friend’ Sameer Sharma: ‘I wish I could have been there for you too’
Raghu Ram paid tribute to his friend, Sameer Sharma, in a heartfelt note shared on social media. Sameer was found dead on Wednesday night.Updated: Aug 09, 2020 10:01 IST
Television host, producer and actor Raghu Ram has penned a heartfelt note for his ‘sweet, troubled friend’, the late actor Sameer Sharma. Raghu said that Sameer always stood by him during his lows and wished he could have reciprocated.
Sharing a picture with Sameer, Raghu wrote, “Goodbye, my sweet, troubled friend. Thank you for being there for me when I needed it ... I wish I could have been there for you too. I will always remember you with love. And with regret. I really hope your pain is finally at an end.”
Sameer was found dead at his home in Mumbai on Wednesday night. The police suspects it to be a case of death by suicide. “The actor was staying on the first floor of Neha CHS building, Ahinsa Marg in Malad (west). On Wednesday, a security guard found him dead and alerted the society members,” an officer from the Malad police station said.
George Fernandes, senior inspector from Malad police station, said that a case of accidental death has been registered. The police are investigating the case.
Sameer starred in a number of popular serials including Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Geet - Hui Sabse Parayee, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Left Right Left and Jyoti. He also acted in films such as Hasee Toh Phasee and Ittefaq. Bollywood celebrities including Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Shraddha Kapoor condoled his death.
Actor Avinash Sachdev, who worked with Sameer in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir and Ayushman Bhava, told Hindustan Times that they were friends and stayed in touch throughout the lockdown. “He was as frustrated about staying at home as everyone else. I don’t think he was under any financial stress, had depression, work related or personal issues. He was a happy-go-lucky person, never took any stress and enjoyed life.”
Avinash added that during their last conversation on July 22, they talked about actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, and Sameer said, ‘Suicide can never be an option.’ “We were supposed to go live on Instagram and talk to people about staying positive. He was writing poems and web series and composing music and had done so much work since 2004. In fact, he took a break from acting and yet returned with good roles on TV. I don’t know if he was depressed or not as we never had any such conversation and neither did I ever feel that he was feeling low or had mood swings,” he said.
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