Sushant Singh Rajput death: Bollywood heartthrob ‘kills himself’ aged 34 at home in Mumbai

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BOLLYWOOD heartthrob Sushant Singh Rajput has reportedly killed himself, aged just 34.

The actor died at his residence in Mumbai today – days after the death of his former manager.

Pranay Ashok of Mumbai Police told the Times of India that the star had taken his own life.

“Mumbai Police is investigating,” he said.

“Police have not found any note yet.”

A statement has been issued on behalf of the actor’s friends.

They said: “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.

“We request media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief.”

The star’s former manager Disha Salian, 28, died earlier this week after falling from the 14th floor of a building in Mumbai.

Mr Rajput was an actor, dancer, television personality and entrepreneur who became known for his charity work.

His career started in television, and he performed in popular soaps for several years before breaking into film with drama Kai Po Che! 

He’s best-known for film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, where he played the legendary cricketer.

He’s known for promoting the Women Entrepreneurship Platform, which brings together women from different regions of India.

He also supported youngsters through school with programme Sushant4Education.

It’s been claimed that in the past few months he was struggling with depression.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called him “a bright young actor gone too soon”.

Bollywood stars have today spoken of their shock and sadness at the news.

Abhishek Bachchan said: “This is just so shocking.

“A wonderful talent. RIP Sushant.”

Akshay Kumar said: “This news has left me shocked and speechless,” adding: “Such a talented actor… may God give strength to his family.”

Shilpa Shetty also shared a photo of Mr Rajput on Instagram, captioning it: “Just can’t believe this.”

Actor and producer Anil Kapoor, who has appeared in more than 100 Hindi-language films as well as Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, said: “It’s shocking and incredibly heartbreaking to hear about Sushant.

“I didn’t know him personally, but I’ve watched his films and it was clear to see how talented he was.

“The fact is, we never really know what anyone is feeling deep in the recesses of their hearts… if you feel like you’re drowning, please reach out to someone you trust.”

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