RIP, Sushant Singh Rajput, a Bright Star Gone Too Soon


RIP, Sushant Singh Rajput, a Bright Star Gone Too Soon

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Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide at his Mumbai residence on Sunday morning. The actor was 34 years old.

“It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far,” his spokesperson said.

His death has left India grieving. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted a tribute to the actor — who was also a National Olympiad winner in Physics — saying he left behind many memorable performances.

Tributes poured in for the actor from Bollywood’s biggest names, who were left shocked and speechless by the news.

Anushka Sharma, who shared the screen with him in the 2014 film PK, spoke of the environment he must have been in.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan called him a wonderful talent in his tribute.

Sanjay Dutt said he was too shocked for words, while Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he was disheartened by the news.

Actors Riteish Deshmukh, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu and Nimrat Kaur also took to social media to fondly remember the star of Kai Po Che!, Chhichhore, and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, among several other films.

Director Ekta Kapoor posted on Instagram about how everything had changed in a week.

Union Minister Smriti Irani, who fondly remembered working with Singh during his TV days, lamented that he was gone too soon.

Earlier this month, the actor had shared an image of his late mother on Instagram with a poem. “Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile. And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two…” his caption read.

Another poem on Instagram, dedicated to his mother, reads: “Do you remember? You promised that you would be with me forever, and I promised you that I would keep smiling no matter what. It seems we both were wrong mother…”

The news of his death comes just days after his former manager, Disha Salian, died after reportedly falling from the window of a friend’s flat in Mumbai. At this point, 2020 could not get worse.