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Mumbai, June 14, 2020
In a shocking development, well- known Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide at his Bandra residence here on Sunday morning, a police official said.
"He has committed suicide. Mumbai Police is investigating. The police has not found any (suicide) note yet," Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranay Ashok said.
Clad in a dark t-shirt and grey shorts, Rajput was found hanging by a bedsheet at his home by his domestic help who alerted the police.
On learning of the incident, a team of Bandra Police rushed to investigate and details of the incident are awaited, officials said.
After the initial probe at the suicide spot, his body was taken in an ambulance to a hospital for an autopsy, they added.
Rajput, 34, hailed from Bihar and was educated in Patna and New Delhi, before shifting to Mumbai.
Sushant is best known for his titular role in Neeraj Pandey's 2016 release, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story', the biopic of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
He made his film debut in Abhishek Kapoor's 2013 release, "Kai Po Che", and was seen in films like "Chhochhore", "Detective Byomkesh Bakshi", "Raabta", "Kedarnath" and "Shudh Desi Romance".
Sushant's mother passed away in 2002, the same year the family moved from Patna to New Delhi.
News of Sushant's death came within days of the news of his manager Disha Salian's death.
Before Bollywood, Sushant had a stint on television. He rose to fame with "Pavitra Rishta", which also starred Ankita Lokhande. He worked as a backup dancer in Bollywood before getting his big break as an actor.
Sushant was working in Mukesh Chhabra's "Dil Bechara" when shooting was stalled owing to the nationwide lockdown.
Bollywood and social media reacted with shock and disbelief on hearing the news of the death of Rajput, who was also noted for his philanthropic services.
Condolences have poured in for the actor from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders from across the political spectrum